Travel disruption likely for several days as Network Rail reveal a third of wagons on freight train through the Fens derailed

PUBLISHED: 09:59 15 August 2017 | UPDATED: 09:59 15 August 2017

Freight train derailment on the outskirts of Ely has caused massive disruption PHOTO: Jeremy Caldecoat

Freight train derailment on the outskirts of Ely has caused massive disruption PHOTO: Jeremy Caldecoat


Network Rail has warned that disruption caused by a freight train derailment near Ely yesterday (Mon) will last for some days.

Simon Ancona, Network Rail’s chief operating officer for Anglia, said: “This is a serious incident and our engineers are on site working tirelessly to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

“The recovery is very complex and not helped by the rural location and will take several days.”

He added: “I understand how frustrating this is for passengers and would like to thank them for their patience while we work to get services up and running again.”

Services between Ely and Peterborough are being affected following the derailment of the train near Queen Adelaide, Ely that has also caused significant damage to the track.

Network Rail engineers expect that the recovery to take several days. Passengers are urged to check with their train operators before travelling over the next few days.

The incident occurred at approximately 2.40pm on Monday.

Trains are unable to run between Ely and Peterborough and other services through the area face disruption because of knock-on delays.

Network Rail engineers are on site working to recover the derailed wagons, which is likely to take a number of days as they will require to be lifted away by crane. The track is also damaged and will need to be replaced before services can run again. Further updates and timescales will be released over the next few days.

The incident affects CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains and Greater Anglia passengers. Passengers are advised to check how their journey may be affected with their train operator, or


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