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Rail chaos after freight train carrying cement derails – sparking days of delays

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.

A train carrying a load of cement has derailed in Cumbria
It came off the tracks over the River Petteril near Carlisle 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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Rail passengers are being warned of major disruption between Carlisle and Newcastle after the incident

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