‘All lines are blocked’ – Lightning strike causes major disruption on rail services into York

LNER might object to the plans. Photograph: Danny Lawson / PA Wire
27 Jul 2018 @ 11.20 am
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The storms have had a serious impact on train travel around York.

A lightning strike has damaged the signalling system, and Northern Rail reported at 11am today (Friday, July 27): “All lines are blocked”.

Travellers are being told not to travel on the rail network today.

Northern Rail issued this statement:

  • Due to lightning damaging the signalling system between Leeds and York all lines are blocked.

    We would suggest customers do not attempt to travel until further notice.

    Staff are on site and attempting to reset systems so trains can resume running.

LNER tweeted about the East Coast Mainline: “Advice to passengers again is not to travel today due to the extreme signalling failures throughout the route.”

The storm also caused the level crossing at Millfield Lane in Nether Poppleton to fail.

Bus company Transdev is stepping in to help stranded customers by increasing capacity on their Cityzap services between York and Leeds, and on the Coastliner route.

A Transdev spokesman said:

  • As an alternative, customers can catch Cityzap and Coastliner, every 15 mins combined between Leeds and York.

    Transdev are looking to provide additional capacity on these services where available. Live journey times are available on the Transdev Go app – download from the App Store or Google Play.