Sunday disruption expected across Merseyrail network after train derailment

12 passengers were aboard a train that hit a bridge in Kirkby

Network Rail has warned passengers to expect disruption through Sunday on the Merseyrail network after a train collided with a bridge in Kirkby on Saturday evening.

The train, which was carrying 12 passengers at the time, hit a buffer at the end of the line and derailed at approximately 7pm on Saturday evening.

No injuries were reported. Investigations are ongoing.

The disruption primarily affects the Liverpool to Kirkby line, however disruption could be felt across the entire Merseyrail and Northern network.

Merseyrail said: “Due to an operational incident at Kirkby. Services on the Kirkby line will start and terminate at Rice Lane. There are no reports of any injuries and emergency services are on site. Rail replacement are in operation between Rice Lane & Kirkby. Further updates will be provided via our Twitter account @merseyrail”

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service said: “Crews were alerted at 7.01pm and on scene at 7.05pm. Two fire engines are currently in attendance as well as the search and rescue appliance.

“The incident involves one train which has derailed and hit a bridge.

“Passengers have been evacuated from the train and there are not believed to be any injuries.

“The driver of the train has been assisted from the train and is currently being assessed by paramedics from North West Ambulance Service.

“Merseyside Police are also in attendance.

“The incident is ongoing.”

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