Rail passengers heading to London from Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire face major disruption today after a bridge collapsed.
A bridge over the Midland Main Line – which links London St Pancras with Nottingham, Chesterfield and South Yorkshire – collapsed in the early hours of today.
East Midlands Trains, which operates services along the route, said: “A bridge has partially collapsed at Barrow Upon Soar and this means trains are currently unable to run between Leicester and Loughborough.”
The following alterations are in place:
* A reduced train service will run between London St Pancras International and Leicester and also between Loughborough and Sheffield/Nottingham;
* Buses will run between Leicester and East Midlands Parkway;
* Only passengers travelling from Leicester, Syston, Sileby, Barrow Upon Soar, and Loughborough should use the replacement buses;
* Passengers travelling from any other station should use other operators as listed below;
* Passengers for Sheffield/Chesterfield should travel via London Kings Cross and Doncaster;
* Passengers for Derby should travel via London Euston and Birmingham New Street;
* Passengers for Nottingham should travel via London Kings Cross and Grantham;
* Buses will run between Kettering and Corby.
The spokesman said: “Your journey time may be extended by up to 90 minutes.”
Network Rail, which manages Britain’s railway infrastructure, is working to fix the problem, but does not expect to be able to reopen the line quickly.