Holiday delays hit rail travellers

Poulton le Fylde station
Poulton le Fylde station
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BANK holiday commuters faced travel heartache as rail services between Preston and Blackpool were hit by delays on one of the busiest days of the year.

Those returning to the Fylde coast after the weekend, and those on route to begin their holidays, found cancelled services and delays to West-bound trains between 7pm and 11.30pm.

Signalling problems were today revealed as the cause of the delays and the cancellation of three services.

One crowded train which left Preston station heading to Blackpool North shortly before 9pm faced further delays between Kirkham and Poulton.

A Northern Rail spokesman said: “A signalling problem caused disruption in the Poulton area.

“Because of this, trains between Preston and Blackpool North were delayed by up to 60 minutes.”

And a spokesman for First Transpennine Express, which also operates services into and out of the resort, also confirmed signal problems as the reasons for the delays.

He said the two firms had agreed to let passengers use tickets on any service and rail replacement buses were also in operation.