East Midlands Trains services getting back to normal after derailment at Barrow
Rail services to and from London that had been affected since a freight train derailed last week were returning to normal today.
The rear 10 carriages of the train, which was carrying more than 1,000 tonnes of quarry stone, left the tracks at Barrow upon Soar on Thursday.
Engineers from Network Rail have been working at night since the incident and an amended service has been run by East Midlands Trains.
A road had to be built to get heavy machinery to clear stone and wagons from the site.
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A spokesman for East Midlands Trains said normal services were due to resume at 11am today, though trains would still not be able to stop at Barrow Upon Soar station.
A replacement bus service will run between Barrow and Loughborough.
Network Rail is also expected to carry out further work overnight on Saturday. Details of any more disruptions will be released later this week.
Martin Frobisher, route managing director for Network Rail, said: "Removing the wagons safely is a complex job and this location is not easily accessible, all of which has added to the time it has taken to complete.
"We have worked through the night in order to minimise the effect upon passengers and expect to complete the removal of the wagons on Saturday night. Final repairs to the track and embankment will then be completed as quickly as possible."
A spokesman for East Midlands Trains said: "As soon as we are advised this work has been completed, we will restore train services for passengers in Barrow."
The freight train, operated by DB Schenker, came off the tracks at 5.30am on Thursday.
Investigators said it was possible a landslip caused by days of rain may have been the cause.
Passengers with tickets for yesterday can use them to travel today and East Midlands Trains tickets will also be accepted on Virgin, East Coast, Cross Country and Virgin Trains services.