Freight train derails at Gloucester Rail Station, four days of delays expected
PEOPLE travelling from Gloucester Rail station could face up to four days of delays after a freight train went off the rails last night.
Replacement bus services have been laid on and severe disruptions to train services have carried on well into this morning.
British Transport Police, Network Rail and Gloucestershire Constabulary were on scene and it was believed London Road and Worcester Street have been closed.
Debris was reportedly in the road near the scene, around the London Road bridge. Early indications suggest a container came off the track and was dragged between one and three miles before the train finally came to a halt. It has happened on the Lydney-Gloucester line.
Your chance to win either a Luxury Christmas Hamper or a luxury Christmas Living Bouquet of flowers aswell as a wash, cut and blow dry from Charmed Hair Salon !!!!
Terms: All you have to do to win this great prize this Christmas is like and share The Flower Bowl facebook link or ring us instore with your details !!!
Contact: 01452 227932
Valid until: Monday, December 23 2013
Emergency services were called at about 8.45pm.
A spokesman for Network Rail said investigations were ongoing this morning by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch.
He added: “Last night the rear wagon of a freight train came off the rails, and this will have an impact on train services running through town.
“They are still investigating the cause of the derailment and will assess the extent of damage to the track and also how best to move the train off the railway.
“If the track is damaged too badly, we will have to relay the track, but at the moment we are still waiting on the report.
“I’m not sure when the line will reopen, but it will definitely be close for the rest of today.
“It will be an expansive operation.”
First Great Western trains are expected to be “more or less okay”, but Arriva trains are terminating at Lydney and Cross Country trains are going no further than Gloucester. Anyone travelling beyond Gloucester should change at Bristol Temple Meads.
James Lower, who was on the scene, said: "The train which had driven for several miles along the track past Over towards Gloucester station has lost a large 40 foot container which has rolled onto the track.
"As the derailed train continued towards Gloucester it ripped up the track behind it and it wasn't until the engine had passed through Gloucester station and the last garage smashed into the railway bridge over London road did the train come to a stop.
"The carriage is wedged against the wall next to London road Petrol station and no other trains have been involved. Apparently no one was hurt."
A tweet from the police helicopter said: "21.50 Gloucester - Assist with search for a railway container following a derailment, located and officers/Network rail now in attendance."
#Gloucester A freight train has derailed at Gloucester. Trains running through Gloucester may experience minor delays until 20/10/2013.
— First Great Western (@FGW) October 16, 2013
Going through glocester Omg the train has De-railed has made a mess of the road ballest everywhere container fallen from train #Gloucester
— AdamPhotography (@AdamPhotography) October 15, 2013
Very lucky the derailment didn't happen on the bridge. Only houses beneath. Count the blessings there
— Denise van der Elsen (@sheetro) October 15, 2013
21,50 Gloucester - Assist with search for a railway container following a derailment, located and officers/Network rail now in attendance
— NPAS Filton (@NPAS_Filton) October 15, 2013
A Gloucestershire police spokesman said officers are on scene and there have been no casualties reported.
A notice on the live departure boards through National Rail Enquiries said: "A problem is currently under investigation at Gloucester.
"It is reported a freight train has derailed at Gloucester station.
The following changes apply:
First Great Western
-Buses replace trains from Cheltenham Spa to Gloucester
-Alternative transport will run from Gloucester to Swindon
-Trains are able to run from Gloucester to Cheltenham Spa
-The service from Cheltenham Spa to Cardiff Central may terminate at Gloucester or be diverted via Bristol Parkway and will not call at Gloucester, Lydney, Chepstow and Caldicot
Arriva Trains Wales
-Trains may not run between Severn Tunnel Junction and Cheltenham Spa
Updates are being posted on Twitter under the hashtag #Gloucester