Points failure disrupts train services
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