Rail passengers warned of major disruption after train derails at Sheffield

The freight train that derailed at Sheffield. Photograph: Network Rail
11 Nov 2020 @ 10.32 am
| Transport

Rail passengers are being warned of major disruption today (Wednesday) after a train derailed at Sheffield.

The freight train derailed overnight.

Nobody was hurt, but the incident has led to significant damage to signalling and points equipment, which means five of the station’s eight platforms are closed.

Network Rail workers have been on site overnight and an emergency operations plan has been put in place, with three platforms made available to enable a very limited service to run.

But having just three platforms available for use means there will be a significant number of unavoidable cancellations, with other services subject to severe disruption.  

As is standard practice with any train derailment, inspectors from the Rail Accident Investigation Bureau will have to examine the scene before the train can be removed.

This incident is affecting CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Northern and TransPennine Express passengers.

Anyone planning on travelling on routes through Sheffield today is urged to check before travelling via National Rail Enquiries or with their train operator.

Ticket acceptance and some bus replacement services are in place.