Passengers face days of disruption to services after freight train derailment
RAIL services at Derby will be disrupted over the next few days to allow emergency track repairs to take place following the derailment of a freight train.
The damage was caused when the train left the track at Barrow-on-Soar, between Leicester and Loughborough, on Thursday.
East Midlands Trains will now be running a revised evening and early-morning timetable over the next few days to allow Network Rail to remove the stricken wagons and repair the damaged section of track.
No trains will be able to run north of Leicester after 8pm today, tomorrow and Monday.
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The last direct northbound services departing from London St Pancras will be the 6.25pm service to Derby/Sheffield and the 6.30pm train to Nottingham. All other services will terminate at Leicester and a limited replacement bus service will be available for onward northbound travel.
In the southbound direction, there will be a reduced service after 4.30pm. Some early-morning services will also be affected until Wednesday.
A spokeswoman for East Midlands Trains said: "We would advise passengers to check before they travel and either travel earlier in the day if they can or use an alternative train operator wherever possible."
A Network Rail spokesman said: "Over the next three nights, our engineers will have to construct a road to the site, stabilise the embankment, remove seven derailed wagons and repair over 300 yards of track."
Passengers holding an advance ticket for a service after 8pm will be able to use it to travel on an earlier train, while people with an advance ticket for an early-morning service can use it to travel later in the day.
East Midlands Trains tickets will also be accepted on Virgin, East Coast, Cross Country and London Midland services.
A revised timetable can be found at www.eastmidlands trains.co.uk.