Train disruption in Wigan after points failure

Rail services running into Wigan were disrupted following a points failure elsewhere on the network.

Thursday, 29th November 2018, 7:19 am
Updated Thursday, 29th November 2018, 2:55 pm
A Northern train

Passengers taking Northern services into Wigan Wallgate from Southport, a line which runs through Parbold, Appley Bridge and Gathurst, facing travel difficulties for much of Thursday.

The problems began during the early-morning rush hour and were not completely fixed until around 2.30pm.

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Northern admitted on social media services were cancelled or delayed by up to 45 minutes.

The problem actually occurred somewhere between Manchester Piccadilly and Newton-le-Willows but the knock-on effect was felt all over the region's network.