A FREIGHT train carrying cement has derailed – sparking days of travel delays and rail chaos.
Network Rail said carriages came off the track near Carlisle, Cumbria shortly after 8pm on Wednesday.
This has blocked the route between Carlisle and Newcastle in both directions, affecting train operator Northern.
The incident where the railway crosses the River Petteril is likely to have caused “significant damage” to the railway bridge, track and lineside equipment, according to Network Rail.
The infrastructure management company added: “The route is expected to be entirely closed to all trains for several days.”
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