Sheffield train derailment: what happened and which services are disrupted after a freight train came off the tracks at Sheffield station

Here’s the full list of train services which have been affected

Wednesday, 11th November 2020, 10:37 am
The freight train derailed near Sheffield station (Credit: @gavasmith69)

A freight train has derailed in Sheffield causing widespread disruption to services in the north of England.

Northern Rail has said trains may be cancelled, diverted or delayed as a result of the incident and passengers are advised not to travel due to the number of routes affected.

It warned that disruption is expected to last until the end of the day.

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Here’s what happened - and whether your travel route has been impacted.

How did the train derailment happen?

The freight train came off the tracks north of Sheffield train station at about 3am this morning, in what was a “low speed derailment” according to Northern Rail.

The incident resulted in a number of platforms being blocked at the station.

British Transport Police said no one had been injured in the incident.

In a statement, it said: “Officers were called to Sheffield railway station following a freight train derailment this morning.

“No one has been injured. We are working with our industry partners to investigate the circumstances of the incident.”

Which train services have been affected?

The incident has resulted in major disruption to services, with routes run by CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Northern and Transpennine Express impacted.

Travellers may have to use replacement bus services instead.

The following services have been affected, according to National Rail’s website:

Northern Rail

Northern Rail has advised passengers not to travel due to the lack of alternative transport available and the number of routes affected.

The Northern lines between Scarborough, Hull, Manchester Piccadilly, Huddersfield, Lincoln Central, Barnsley and Sheffield, and also between Retford and Nottingham, have been impacted.

Trains may be cancelled, or may start or terminate at different stations or run with delays. The following routes are affected:

Leeds - Nottingham (a limited service will run) Leeds - Sheffield via Barnsley (will run between Leeds and Meadowhall) Leeds - Sheffield via Moorthorpe (will run between Leeds and Meadowhall) Sheffield - Huddersfield (will run between Barnsley and Huddersfield) Sheffield - Lincoln (cancelled throughout and replaced by road transport) Sheffield - Scarborough (will run between Doncaster and Scarborough) Sheffield - Doncaster (cancelled throughout) Sheffield - York (cancelled throughout) Sheffield - Manchester (will run as scheduled)

Train tickets can be used on the Supertram between Sheffield and Meadowhall or Parkgate.

Cross Country

Cross Country said trains can now run via Sheffield, but they may still be delayed due to congestion.

The affected CrossCountry routes are between Plymouth and Edinburgh/Glasgow Central/Aberdeen, and also between Penzance and Newcastle.

Tickets can be used on:

East Midlands Railway services between Derby and Sheffield and also between Leeds and Wakefield Westgate Northern via any reasonable route TransPennine Express via any reasonable route.

East Midlands Railway

East Midlands Railway services between London St Pancras International and Sheffield/Leeds, and between Norwich and Liverpool Lime Street have been affected.

Trains between Liverpool Lime Street and Norwich are now able to call at Sheffield.

A reduced hourly train service will run between Sheffield and London St Pancras International, with a shuttle bus service operating between Sheffield and Chesterfield.

East Midlands Railway has advised travelling later in the day if possible to allow for social distancing on board buses.

You can use your ticket on:

LNER between Leeds and London TransPennine Express between Liverpool and Sheffield Northern between Sheffield/Nottingham and Sheffield/Manchester CrossCountry between Sheffield and Derby

TransPennine Express

Trains can now run between Cleethorpes and Manchester Airport.

Travellers can also use the following services:

LNER services between Leeds and Doncaster and Doncaster and York CrossCountry via any reasonable route Northern between Doncaster and Leeds East Midlands Railway via any reasonable route Avanti West Coast between Manchester Piccadilly and Stockport.