Points fail­ure dis­rupts train ser­vices

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RAIL pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling be­tween South­port and Wi­gan en­dured lengthy de­lays and can­cel­la­tions af­ter a points fail­ure on the line be­tween Manch­ester and Liver­pool.

The is­sue hit in the early hours of the morn­ing last Fri­day, caus­ing de­lays of up to an hour and some can­cel­la­tions.

The points fail­ure oc­curred be­tween Pa­tri­croft and New­ton-leWil­lows and af­fected ser­vices pro­vided by Transpen­nine Ex­press, North­ern and Trans­port For Wales.

Com­muters were worst hit, with lines only re­opened at about 11am, af­ter North­ern warned that de­lays could last un­til the early af­ter­noon.

North­ern said at the time: “Train ser­vices run­ning to and from these sta­tions are re­turn­ing to nor­mal but some ser­vices will still be can­celled, de­layed by up to 45 min­utes or re­vised. Dis­rup­tion is ex­pected un­til 2pm on Novem­ber 29.

“Due to a points prob­lem near New­ton-leWil­lows, ser­vices are be­ing dis­rupted on all trains that run be­tween Manch­ester Air­port/ Manch­ester Pic­cadilly and Pre­ston/Black­pool North; Train ser­vices that run be­tween Manch­ester Pic­cadilly/ Manch­ester Vic­to­ria to­wards Liver­pool Lime Street; Train ser­vices South­port to­wards Wi­gan Wall­gate are all af­fected by the points prob­lem.”

North­ern, which op­er­ates trains be­tween South­port and Wi­gan, added that agree­ments had been put in place for pas­sen­gers to use other ser­vices.

It said: “Ticket ac­cep­tance has been agreed with Transpen­nine Ex­press be­tween Manch­ester and Pre­ston in both di­rec­tions.

“Ticket ac­cep­tance has been agreed with Metrolink be­tween Manch­ester Pic­cadilly and Manch­ester Air­port in both di­rec­tions.”

Ser­vices be­tween South­port and Manch­ester were hit by de­lays af­ter the points fail­ure

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