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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Disruptions to Cumbria train services continue

LAKE District rail services are expected to be disrupted well into tomorrow as the clean up following a train derailment in Manchester yesterday continues.

First TransPennine Express services for Windermere, Oxenholme and Carlisle will still be starting and finishing at Preston until further notice.
A spokesman for the company said there was no chance of the line re-opening tonight and only a slim chance of normal service resuming tomorrow morning.
Firtst TransPennine Express managing director Nick Donovan said: "We appreciate that the derailment of this charter train has caused significant disruption to customers across the north-west of England.
"We are working in partnership with Network Rail to restore a normal service as quickly as possible.
"In addition, we have deployed management personnel to affected stations and we are continually working to provide fast and accurate travel information.
"We have also arranged for ticket restrictions to be lifted, which we hope will provide customers with a greater choice of whether to travel or not.
"Along with other operators and Network Rail we are doing everything we can to minimise the disruption.
"I would advise customers to allow extra time to complete their journey, ask for assistance from our representatives at stations and plan their journey via www.nationalrail.co.uk."
The chaos was sparked when a charter train derailed in Manchester's city centre yesterday and caught fire.

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