Somerset freight train derailment causes '48 hour blockage'

Somerset freight train derailment causes '48 hour blockage'

A freight train carrying stone and ballast which partially derailed will cause disruption for at least 48 hours.

The train is blocking the line between Castle Cary, Somerset, and Westbury, Wiltshire, following the incident at 17:50 GMT, Network Rail said.

No-one was injured but there was significant damage to track and equipment.

Services from Taunton to Westbury and between Weymouth and Westbury will be severely disrupted.

GWR said trains will be amended or cancelled, with replacement road transport provided where required.


The freight train was pulling 38 wagons, when seven of them partially derailed.

A Network Rail spokesman added: "We are working closely with GWR and South West Trains to put in place contingency plans... including diverting London-West of England services via Bristol.

"No injuries have been sustained but there is significant damage to track and equipment.

"The derailment is significant with the line currently blocked and likely to remain out of use for at least the next 48 hours."



Add Comment

all comments

  Other news

more
Western Digital resubmits Toshiba chip unit bid

Western Digital resubmits Toshiba chip unit bid..

27-Jun, 04:42

Western Digital has resubmitted its bid for Toshiba's flagship flash...

Khloe Kardashian shuts down pregnancy rumours after sharing 'dad and mom' photo with boyfriend Tristan Thompson after he threw her surprise 33rd birthday party

Khloe Kardashian shuts down pregnancy rumours after sharing 'dad and mom' photo with boyfriend..

27-Jun, 04:24

In the pictures, Khloe and her NBA player beau put on a romantic display,...

Diana's threatening phone calls to the Duchess of Cornwall are revealed in a SHOCKING biography about Camilla

Diana's threatening phone calls to the Duchess of Cornwall are revealed in a SHOCKING..

27-Jun, 05:55

The Duchess of Cornwall’s relationship with Charles began in 1971, after...

Liu Xiaobo: China tells US not to interfere over jailed dissident

Liu Xiaobo: China tells US not to interfere over jailed dissident..

27-Jun, 09:30

Beijing has hit back at Washington for "irresponsible remarks" after the...

Prank Wars: YouTube's 'Craziest Couple'

Prank Wars: YouTube's 'Craziest Couple'..

05-Mar, 01:38

They're now called YouTube's "craziest couple." But in October of 2007,...

Bank of Japan keeps policy steady, upgrades economic outlook

Bank of Japan keeps policy steady, upgrades economic outlook..

16-Jun, 00:36

The Bank of Japan has opted to keep its lax monetary policy intact, while...

Special aide to Brazil's Temer arrested in corruption probe

Special aide to Brazil's Temer arrested in corruption probe..

23-May, 13:57

A special aide to embattled Brazilian President Michel Temer has been...

Bangladesh arrests 27 men on suspicion of being gay

Bangladesh arrests 27 men on suspicion of being gay..

19-May, 05:32

Authorities in Bangladesh on Friday arrested 27 men on suspicion of being...