Freight train derailment causing severe travel disruption

A freight train has derailed in Sheffield, causing serious disruption to services across the north of England today.

Northern Rail has warned services are either cancelled or being diverted, with disruption set to continue all day.

It said the derailment took place north of the city’s station, blocking trains from running through the city.

Services operated by CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Northern and Transpennine Express are affected.

British Transport Police has said no one was hurt in the derailment.

East Midlands Railway said buses were being used to move passengers between Chesterfield and Sheffield. And the operator said its trains between Liverpool Lime Street and Norwich would not stop at Sheffield.

Operator Cross Country said trains would not run between Derby and Leeds, and would be unable to call at Chesterfield, Sheffield or Wakefield Westgate.

Meanwhile, TransPennine Express trains between Sheffield and Doncaster and Sheffield and Manchester Piccadilly are being replaced with buses.