Freight ser­vice via Ather­ton sus­pended

Rail (UK) - - Network News - DAVID CLOUGH.

The route be­tween Crow Nest Junc­tion (near Wi­gan) and Brindle Heath Junc­tion (Sal­ford) via Ather­ton has not had a reg­u­lar freight ser­vice since the 1960s. Freight traf­fic and di­verted pas­sen­ger ser­vices have pre­vi­ously been routed via Bolton in­stead. But DB Cargo has now started a new flow taking refuse from Mersey­side to the North East. The train is loaded at Knowsley Freight Ter­mi­nal and un­loaded at Wil­ton on Teesside. The train is booked to run Mon­day to Fri­day, but af­ter op­er­at­ing dur­ing July it has been sus­pended, re­put­edly be­cause of ter­mi­nal han­dling is­sues. On July 19, DB 66199 rolls through Ather­ton with the Wil­ton-Knowsley refuse train.

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