Train chas in Ely after Fens blaze
THICK smke billwing acrss the Fens frm a massive warehuse blaze brught chas t Ely s train services this week. Rail peratrs were frced t abandn services between the city and Peterbrugh, laying n buses instead. It was hped trains wuld star
THICK smke billwing acrss the Fens frm a massive warehuse blaze brught chas t Ely's train services this week.
Rail peratrs were frced t abandn services between the city and Peterbrugh, laying n buses instead.
It was hped trains wuld start running again between the tw cities by midday n Tuesday after fire-fighters gained cntrl f the blaze early in the mrning. But strng winds fanned the flames, restarting the fire and emergency services were unable t give the all-clear.
The fire - ne f the biggest the cunty had ever seen - brke ut at the Abbey Prduce warehuse in King's Dyke n the utskirts f Whittlesey early n Mnday mrning.
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Mre than 70 fire-fighters tackled the blaze as plumes f thick, black smke billwed 20 miles acrss the Fens.
Train services run by One Rail, East Midlands Trains and Crss Cuntry Trains between Ely, March, Whittlesey and Peterbrugh were disrupted.
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Netwrk Rail was alerted t the blaze at 7am n Mnday mrning after trees alng the railway line at Whittlesey had caught fire and flames came clse t a signal bx.
Officials clsed the line at 7.35am and fear that the intense heat may have damaged the track.
Checks carried ut by engineers discvered n damage had been dne but train peratrs had t wait until the fire-damaged warehuse clse t the Whittlesey railway line had been demlished befre allwing train services t restart.
A Netwrk Rail spkesman said n Tuesday: "Our engineers need t inspect the line but it was impssible t gain access t the area because f the txic smke.
"We kept in tuch with all the key peple invlved but the decisin t repen the line was ut f ur hands.