Trains back up to speed

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A TRAIN signalling problem which caused huge delays for a number of hours has been fixed.

Two and a half hours after train bosses became aware that all signals had been lost between Wigan and Springs Branch Junction on the West Cost Main line, the problem had been rectified and services returned to normal.

Initial reports came in at 1.30pm and for a period of nearly two hours seven trains were stranded on the line while a solution to the problem could be found.

And at 3.20pm train bosses took the decision to introduce special measures to get trains moving again in a bid to avoid even more disruptions during rush hour.

Points that switch the lines on which a train travels had to be fixed in place on the West Coast Main Line to allow the backlog to clear, but this meant there were no trains between Wigan and St Helens.

At 4pm a spokesman for National Rail confirmed that the problem had been identified by engineers and rectified.

The spokesman said: “The problem with signalling has now been fixed and although there will be a bit of a back log to clear services are back to normal.”