Rail services back to normal after derailment in Gloucester
RAIL services are expected to return to normal today after a derailed freight train caused chaos for commuters.
Services have been disrupted severely for the past three days with buses being put on between the city and the Forest of Dean in a bid to reduce problems for commuters.
However, it seems the nightmare could be at an end after the carriage was removed early yesterday and Network Rail expect services to be back to normal today.
The incident happened on Tuesday night at around 8.45pm near London Road, just metres from Gloucester Railway Station.
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The train was travelling from Wentloog to Daventry when an empty Stobart Rail container became detached before getting lodged in the embankment.
It is also understood damage was caused to the tracks on railway bridges over London Road and Worcester Street as a result.
Despite the drama there were no injuries reported.
A Network Rail spokesman said: "We removed the wagon yesterday and track repairs are well under way.
"We expect the line to be open this morning."
Travellers took to social media sites and our website gloucestercitizen.co.uk to share their views.
Mike3287 wrote on our website: "A big thank you to the CrossCountry staff who dealt with this incident very well and quickly.
"The chaos this caused was major – but just thankful no one except property and the driver's pride got injured!"
Dim_biddle added: "Though a massive inconvenience to rail users, that this happened at a quiet time and no other train especially passenger carrying has been involved, is a lot to be relieved about.
"This will have to be investigated thoroughly to establish why these vehicles jumped off the rails and steps taken to ensure no repeats."
First Great Western trains have been running as normal for the past three days, with some delays due to congestion.
CrossCountry services have been cancelled between Gloucester and Cardiff General with passengers on other routes warned to expect delays of up to half an hour.
Elsewhere Arriva Trains Wales have been putting on buses between Lydney, Gloucester and Cheltenham Spa. Travellers were told to add an hour to their normal journey times.
Meanwhile, the cause of the derailment is still being looked into.
A spokesman for the Rail Accident Investigation Board said: "I can confirm that the RAIB is undertaking a preliminary examination prior to making a decision as to whether or not to undertake a full investigation.
"If a full investigation is launched, the current investigations register area on our website will be updated to reflect this."