Trains from King’s Lynn to Downham Market running again after derailment at crossing

The sand train came off the rails near the level crossing on Tennyson Road in King's Lynn - Part of

The sand train came off the rails near the level crossing on Tennyson Road in King's Lynn - Part of the train. Picture; Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

Rail services from King's Lynn are up and running once again after yesterday's travel chaos.

Roads were closed in Lynn town centre while a de-railed train was removed from the Tennyson Avenue crossing.

The closure caused traffic jams around the town as the disruption met with rush hour and the rail line from Lynn to Downham Market was replaced by buses last night.

'At 14.08 we received a report that a freight train had derailed when leaving the Middleton Towers sidings, a goods yard just south of King's Lynn, crossing onto the passenger line.

'There is currently no First Capital Connect trains running between Downham Market and King's Lynn, however bus replacement services are in place.


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'These buses will take 30 minutes compared to the 13 minutes the journey would normally take by train.

'Network Rail engineers and British Transport Police are on site responding to the incident.'

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Roads around the crossing, on Tennyson Avenue, were closed after a sand train de-railed at around 2.15pm.

Tennyson Avenue was closed off between The Woolpack and the roundabout at Exton's Road.

First Buses said its X1 King's Lynn to Norwich service was 'severely delayed'.

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