Rail services return to normal after Crewe derailment

Rail track Image copyright LIOR ABEL
Image caption Passengers tweeted from trapped trains

Rail services through Crewe are returning to normal after a freight train derailment on Thursday evening.

Some travellers were delayed by more than an hour, while other trains were sent back, after the derailment at 18:30 BST.

Crewe is a major hub on the West Coast Main Line, with trains to London, Scotland, Wales, Birmingham and the North West all passing through.

National Rail Enquiries said the derailed train had now been cleared.

The derailment caused overhead wire problems and services operated by Arriva Trains Wales, Cross Country, East Midlands Trains, London Midland, Northern Rail and Virgin Trains were all affected on Thursday.

A number of travellers tweeted from trapped trains.

One, IT worker Lior Abel, who was stuck between Crewe and Stafford, said his Cross Country train was stopped for just over an hour.

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