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Derailed freight train to cause major disruption until New Year's Day

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The aftermath of a freight train crash is set to cause major disruption to passenger services until New Year's Day.
Engineers are having to use heavy machinery and lifting equipment to clear the track between Loughborough and Barrow upon Soar to remove the wagons which were derailed, at 5.30am on Thursday.
Today East Midlands Trains said it would be running an amended service until the wreckage and debris are removed and the damaged tracks repaired.
Passengers are being advised to make their journey earlier in the day wherever possible or travel via an alternative train operator.
The revised timetable will affect evening services from today, December 29, December 30 and 31.
Some early morning departures will also affected on those days and January 1 as Network Rail engineers require track access to carry out repair works.
A spokesperson for East Midlands Trains said: "We would like to apologise to our passengers for any inconvenience this will cause, however it is vitally important that Network Rail have full access to the line so that they can move the freight train and repair the damage caused by the derailment.
"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."
The major changes to time tables are:
*A very limited train service in place after 6pm between London and Leicester.
*No trains will be able to run north of Leicester after 8pm on each evening.
The last direct northbound services departing from London St Pancras will be the 6.25pm to Derby/Sheffield and the 6.30pm 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 on each day.
*Journey times will be extended and services are subject to cancellation.
*Passengers holding an advance ticket for a service after 8pm will be able to use their ticket to travel on an earlier train service.
Passengers holding an advance ticket on an early morning service can use their ticket to travel later in the day. East Midlands Trains tickets will also be accepted on Virgin, East Coast, Cross Country and London Midland services.
Trains are still unable to call at Barrow on Soar and a replacement bus is in place between Barrow and Loughborough to connect in with train services.

For more information: www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk

Derailed freight train to cause major disruption until New Year's Day


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