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02.08.16

Services between London and East Midlands disrupted by bridge collapse

A bridge has partially collapsed on to the tracks at Barrow Upon Soar, disrupting East Midlands Trains services to London.

The collapse means the line is currently closed between Leicester and Loughborough, cancelling trains between London St Pancras and stations north of Leicester and causing severe disruption on the London St Pancras/Nottingham/Sheffield and the Leicester/Lincoln/Grimsby routes.

East Midlands Trains said that Network Rail engineers have worked through the night to try to remove debris from the line, but that the line is still not expected to open today.

A Network Rail engineer said: “We are working to clear the track as quickly as possible and reopen the line. However, passengers have been advised to check before they travel and allow extra time for their journey.”

National Rail warned passengers that journeys will be extended by up to 90 minutes as engineers try to restore order.

The full list of alternative services is:

  • Buses will run between Leicester and East Midlands Parkway
  • Only passengers travelling from Leicester, Syston, Sileby, Barrow Upon Soar, and Loughborough should use the replacement buses
  • Passengers for Sheffield / Chesterfield should travel via London Kings Cross and Doncaster
  • Passengers for Derby should travel via London Euston and Birmingham New Street
  • Passengers for Nottingham should travel via London Kings Cross and Grantham
  • Buses will run between Kettering and Corby

Passengers’ tickets will be accepted on CrossCountry, Virgin, TransPennine and London Midland services or on services tomorrow.

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(Image c. Alvey and Towers)

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Comments

John Grant   02/08/2016 at 12:44

Residents noticed it was subsiding months ago, apparently. Canal bridges in Leicestershire/Northamptonshire have been getting detailed inspections recently, pity the railways didn't do the same. London-Nottingham passengers are being told to go via Grantham -- hope they're putting on extra/longer trains.

John Grant   02/08/2016 at 14:41

News also says a water main failed when the bridge collapsed but you have to wonder whether it had been leaking before.

David   02/08/2016 at 17:36

John, trains are already at their maximum length - where are you going to find additional carriages or service paths?

John Grant   02/08/2016 at 19:14

I meant between Grantham and Nottingham, which is (I think) one 2- or 3-coach diesel every half hour.

David   03/08/2016 at 10:35

Ah right, not sure if EMT were able to source any additional 158s then.

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