Bridge collapse evacuates Wigan North Western railway station

Published on : Friday, December 2, 2016

wigan-north-westernYesterday, a railway station was evacuated immediately after the collapse of a railway arch in Wigan that led to several delays in the train services.


Shortly after 08.40 GMT, the Wigan North Western station was cleared.


The evacuation tool place a few minutes after a certain portion of the archway fell on to the cars that were parked inside the railway station. Arriva North West and Northern rail companies said that there might be more delays in the railway services for quite some time.


According to the Greater Manchester Police no injuries were reported.


The police also said that the station would remain closed until the authorities gave them further notice.


King Street West, Great George Street, Wallgate and A49 Queen Street have all been shut to the public.


Wigan Council said that all the traffic that was heading towards the town centre had to be diverted to the Saddle junction toward the Poolstock Lane and Warrington Road.


The collapse of the railway arch was responsible for creating a fair amount of travel chaos throughout the region. Consequently, the Virgin and Northern trains were delayed considerably.


Then, Virgin Trains posted a tweet mentioning that all the railway lines had been reopened once more with speed restrictions.


A spokesperson for Network Rail said that the collapsed portion was a part of a subway that was not used and that runs underneath the railway and above the road. He also added that the problem was impacting platform six that remains shut and that the authorities would undertake a complete assessment of the structure in order to inform about any repair work.


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