Fallen tree causes train disruptions from Cheltenham Spa station
TRAINS were delayed for more than hour today after a large tree fell between Cheltenham Spa and Abbotswood station.
The conifer tree was blocking the Up Main line and had been struck by the train.
The driver working the 11.45am Cardiff to Nottingham service made an emergency call to Gloucester panel signaller, with all trains halted.
Off-track workers with chainsaws and a mobile operations manager helped reopen the line for trains to pass around 1pm.
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The Down line remained blocked with trains at a standstill. It affected the Crosscountry services between Bristol and Birmingham and First Great Western services between Bristol and Worcester.
It re-opened by 14.35pm after the tree was removed. Normal line speeds were restored.
A Network Rail spokesperson said: "The driver working a CrossCountry Cardiff to Nottingham service reported a fallen tree near to Abbotswood Junction, north of Cheltenham, which blocked the down line and obscured the up line.
"Off-track staff attended and removed the tree but delays were caused to CrossCountry services from Birmingham to Bristol and the West and to First Great Western services between Worcester and Bristol."