The scene at Rotherham station

Flooding in the north of England cause major rail disruptions

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The scene at Rotherham station
The scene at Rotherham Central station. Photo: Alan Epton.

Network Rail and train operators are warning passengers of disruptions on routes across the north of England, as heavy rain causes severe flooding on the railway.

Several rail lines are blocked due to flooding, leaving thousands of commuters facing a struggle to get to work this morning.

Train operators are warning passengers not to travel on a number of routes through Yorkshire and the North West. This includes lines from Sheffield to destinations such as Leeds via Moorthorpe, Lincoln, Doncaster and Goole.


Trains are also unable to run on routes such as Manchester Piccadilly-Cleethorpes, Leeds-Doncaster and Hebden Bridge-Rochdale.

Flooding at Kiveton. Photo: Network Rail.
Flooding at Kiveton. Photo: Network Rail.

Rail replacement bus services are not being provided due to road closures and unsafe driving conditions.

Track inspections will take place where possible and Network Rail is working closely with train operating companies to keep passengers moving.


Rail firm Northern has issued “do not travel” advice for passengers using three routes.

Tracks are flooded at Kirk Sandall in Yorkshire. Photo: Network Rail.
Tracks are flooded at Kirk Sandall in Yorkshire. Photo: Network Rail.

Rotherham Central and Kiveton Park railway stations are also closed, with all lines between Todmorden and Rochdale blocked. Trains are also not stopping at Hadfield in Derbyshire.


‘Can no longer cope’

A senior rail executive has told The Guardian that Britain’s railways can no longer cope with the effects of climate crisis.

Extreme weather events such as this summer’s heatwaves, storms and the current flooding is damaging infrastructure and halting thousands of services across the UK.


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