A TRAIN derailment in the early hours of the morning means there is serious disruption for Liverpool fans heading south for the Carling Cup final at Wembley today.
More details are available from National Rail who published the following information earlier today:
No trains between Preston / Liverpool Lime Street and Crewe until further notice 07:54 – 26/02/2012
Route affected: Carlisle, Lancaster, Preston, Winsford, Crewe and London Euston; Liverpool Lime Street, Runcorn, Winsford, Crewe, Stafford and Birmingham New Street / London Euston
Train operators affected: London Midland , Virgin Trains
Description: An engineering train has derailed at Winsford.
Because of this, the following alterations will apply until further notice:
Trains are currently unable to run between Preston / Liverpool Lime Street and Crewe
Passengers travelling between Liverpool Lime Street and Crewe / London Euston should travel via Chester or Manchester Piccadilly.
Passengers travelling between Runcorn and Crewe / London Euston should travel by replacement bus service to Crewe
Passengers travelling between Wigan North Western or Warrington Bank Quay and Crewe / London Euston should travel via Manchester Piccadilly.
Ticket acceptance: Passengers may use:
Merseyrail services between Liverpool and Chester
First TransPennine Express and Northern Rail services between Liverpool and Manchester
Arriva Trains Wales services between Chester and Crewe
Virgin Trains advise that passengers travelling to Wembley Stadium for the Carling Cup Final should consider driving to Crewe, Stafford or Stoke-on-Trent and using alternative services from those stations.
To find out whether this will impact your journey and to get alternative options planned for you, please use the National Rail Enquiries real time Journey Planner, or call TrainTracker on 0871 200 49 50.