Sheffield train derailment: Investigation launched as passengers urged ‘not to travel’

An investigation has been launched into a train derailment causing widespread disruption to trains to, from and travelling through Sheffield today.

Wednesday, 11th November 2020, 12:27 pm

A freight train carrying cement from Hope in the Peak District to Dewsbury in West Yorkshire derailed just north of Sheffield railway station at around 2.45am today.

A number of services have been cancelled or delayed, with five of the stations platforms closed.

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A train carrying cement derailed north of Sheffield today (Pic: Dan Hayes)

Network rail said an number of wagons came off the tracks while the train was passing through the station.

No-one was hurt but ‘significant damage’ was caused to signalling and points equipment.

The incident is affecting CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Northern and TransPennine Express services,with trains cancelled or subject to delays.

Some bus replacement services are operating but passengers have been being warned to expect disruption until at least the end of the day.

Train operator Northern urged passengers not to travel.

Network Rail said the 34-wagon freight train was travelling at a ‘slow speed’ when the derailment happened.

The cause is not yet known.

HM Chief Inspector of Railways, Ian Prosser, said: “Thankfully, there has been no loss of life or injury to staff or members of the public.

“Two Office of Rail and Road inspectors will be attending the site of the incident and we will be working with Rail Accident Investigation Branch and British Transport Police to investigate what has happened.”

The derailment of a freight train near Llanelli, South Wales, on August 26 led to the spillage of 330,000 litres of fuel, causing a huge fire.

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