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Salford rail delays after train derailed and caught fire

Fire crews at a derailed train in Salford
British Transport Police said an investigation had been launched to find out how the derailment occured

Rail services in the north west continue to be disrupted by the derailment of a train in Salford.

Fire crews were called to the incident at about 14:30 GMT on Wednesday after the rear diesel locomotive of the West Coast Railways train caught fire.

The train derailed near Regent Road as empty carriages were being moved from Ardwick to Carnforth in Lancashire.

Replacement buses are being provided by train operators and train tickets are being accepted on the Metrolink.

Trains are unable to run between Manchester Oxford Road and Salford Crescent and Manchester Victoria and Earlestown.

Replacement bus services are operating instead and Metrolink is accepting passengers between Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria.

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First TransPennine Express trains are also unable to run between Bolton and Manchester Piccadilly and a bus service is operating between Manchester Airport and Bolton and Manchester Piccadilly and Bolton via Salford Crescent.

An hourly service between Manchester Victoria and Blackpool North via Bolton, Chorley and Preston is also in place.

All services from and to Oxenholme and Windermere in the Lake District and Carlisle will terminate at and start from Preston.

Arriva Trains Wales is also affected with trains unable to run between Newton-le-Willows and Manchester Piccadilly.

National Rail said Arriva Trains Wales passengers can use Virgin Trains services on "reasonable routes" during the disruption.

Jocelyn Rankin, of Northern Rail, said it was too early to say how long be before normal train services resume.

No-one was injured in the incident. Four people who were on board, including the train's driver and engineer, were not hurt.

British Transport Police have begun an investigation into the cause of the incident.

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