Hundreds of train passengers stranded after 'explosions' on overhead lines during storm as 'do not travel' alert issued | The Sun

HUNDREDS of train passengers have been stranded after "explosions" on overhead lines during a storm – with a "do not travel" alert issued.

Flooding unleashed travel chaos across northern England, with railways brought to a standstill.

Emergency services in Bradford scrambled to reports of a car in the canal.

A motor was also damaged by a falling tree in Tameside, Greater Manchester.

Trains are unable to pull in at two platforms in Manchester Piccadilly station after Storm Elin toppled a tree onto the wires, setting off the bangs.

Many passengers said they now face having to sleep at the station or splash out on a taxi or hotel room.

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Northern Rail said: "Due to damage to the overhead electric wires at Manchester Piccadilly some lines are blocked.

"Disruption is expected until further notice. Network Rail are on site now and are attempting to resolve the issue.

"All Northern services are now being impacted, by delays, cancellations and service alterations.

"Where possible customers are advised NOT TO TRAVEL due to multiple weather related incidents and replacement road transport being very limited."

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Manchester Piccadilly said: "A fallen tree has damaged the overhead wires and blocks the tracks between Piccadilly and Manchester Oxford Road.

"Engineers are on site assessing the damage and working to restore services as soon as possible.

"Services on platforms 13 and 14 are cancelled or revised. Please check before you travel.

"Severe disruption is expected to services operated by Trans-Pennine Express and Northern Rail."

Fuming passengers took to social media after the travel chaos left them stranded.

One said: "Currently stuck in Manchester thanks to a last minute cancelled train.

"Only replacement available was a two carriage train at 22:00 that you couldn’t get another person on if they grabbed onto the roof.

"So I’ll be sleeping in the station tonight."

Parts of northern England saw up to 30mm of rain today, with a yellow warning in force until 3am on Sunday.

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The Environment Agency issued 33 flood warnings for England – meaning flooding is expected – including for the River Ouse at York.

Separate rain warnings also covered Northern Ireland and parts of southern Scotland until 9pm.

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