Trains from Nottingham delayed by freight derailment

Freight train at Carlton station The freight train was travelling from a Humber oil refinery to Tamworth

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Train services between Nottingham and Newark Castle have been suspended after a freight train derailment.

The delay has happened a day after the revamped Nottingham railway station reopened following five weeks of track and signal work.

East Midlands Trains said services to Lincoln and Peterborough were also disrupted by the derailment in Carlton.

Two wagons on the train, which was travelling from a Humber refinery, derailed but remained upright.

Nottingham station was virtually closed during the upgrade, with buses taking people to other stations for onward travel.

Hour delay

Train services to London, Leicester, Derby and other locations were not affected by the derailment at 04:35 BST.

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There was an almighty noise - it was the worst noise you would ever want to hear”

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"A freight train has derailed in Nottingham so we are using replacement buses between Nottingham and Newark Castle, and passengers are facing delays of up to an hour," an East Midlands Trains spokesman said.

Witness Joe Barlow, who lives near the derailment, said: "The train came through and a few seconds after it went over the crossing there was an almighty noise - it was the worst noise you would ever want to hear."

He said he believed the accident damaged the new signals installed during the recent work, as well as about a half-mile of track.

Network Rail spokesman Chris Denman said: "It could be quite a big job - the train chewed up a lot of track - but we do not have an exact target yet for when it will reopen."

East Midlands Trains managing director David Horne added: "It will be a couple of days before the track is repaired - I don't' think it will be weeks but we will know more later."

British Transport Police and the Rail Accident Investigation Branch are at the scene of the accident.

There are related traffic delays on Station Road in Carlton, where the road is blocked near Victoria Road, and Midland Road because the railway barriers are down.

For the 12 days between 29 July and 9 August there were no train services to the east of Nottingham, to and via Newark or Grantham.

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