Railway lines blocked in Staffordshire after train hits obstruction

Railway lines are blocked after a train hit an obstruction on the tracks in Staffordshire this afternoon.

The train has hit the obstruction between Blythe Bridge and Uttoxeter – meaning East Midlands Railway trains cannot run between Crewe and Derby at the moment.

Other stations on the route include Alsager, Kidsgrove, Longport, Stoke-on-Trent, Tutbury and Hatton and Peartree.

Rail replacement buses are being sourced.

East Midlands Railway first reported the issue shortly before 5.30pm.

An East Midlands Railway spokesman said:  “A train has hit an obstruction on the track between Blythe Bridge and Uttoxeter.

“This is disrupting our trains on the Derby to Crewe route.

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“We are sourcing Rail Replacement to shuttle between Uttoxeter and Stoke-on-Trent to assist with maintaining onward connections.”

It is unclear what sort of obstruction the train has collided with.  A maintenance team have been sent to the scene.

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