Working through night to get Gloucester rail line back on track
SERVICES are slowly beginning to get back to normal at Gloucester station following a freight train derailment.
Track repairs have been under way since a container came loose from a train on Tuesday night.
Rail users faced further delays as another train carrying fuel broke down and started smoking yesterday near Tredworth Road.
Fire crews attended as a precaution but arrived to find only smoke.
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Recovery work carried on long into last night, with London Road shut off from midnight until 5.30am at the rail bridge.
The closure was essential to allow a crane to lift a derailed railway wagon away from the track.
Emergency vehicles were also banned from the area as a crane blocked the full width of the road.
Journeys into Wales via Lydney and Chepstow have been worst affected, with buses laid on to cope with the line closure and the cancellation of train services.
Some passengers had experienced shorter transport times by road than they would normally have had by rail.
Despite roadworks heading into Lydney, estimated travel times have been less than the one hour and 20 minutes allocated for the route.
Samantha Fish, 28, was heading home to Leeds after visiting friends in Chepstow.
"I've had to get the bus in from Lydney but to be fair, it has been a relatively painless journey so far," she said.
"It was straightforward and the bus has dropped me to the doors of the train station so I can get my connection to Birmingham. But I do have a wait of around an hour now for my next train.
"The rail companies seem to be coping well, bearing in mind it was a serious problem for them."
The train was coming from Wentloog and was on the way to Daventry when an empty Stobart Rail container became detached from the train wagons and lodged in the embankment.
No one was injured, but bridges over Worcester Street and London Road have been damaged. The container was empty following a supermarket delivery.
With parts of the A48 closed for roadworks, it has caused a headache for commuters from the Forest of Dean.
Alan Preest headed from his home in Lydney to Gloucester yesterday. He said: "I got the bus to Coleford and then another to Gloucester. I left at about 10.30am and got in about 11.55am.
"It's the kids going to college I feel sorry for – it's taking a good three hours out of their day every day just to get to and from their classes."
Network Rail has been working around the clock to remove debris and cut up wreckage to be cleared from the affected railway lines.
A spokesman for Network Rail at Gloucester station said: "Although it is a rapidly changing picture, a single line is expected to re-open by Saturday, although services to Wales are still expected to experience delays of up to 40 minutes.