UPDATED: Lines reopen after de-railment

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Rail lines have re-opened after a de-railed train was put back on the tracks in Lancashire.

An engineering train derailed near Carnforth on Sunday, causing a blockage on the line between Lancaster and Oxenholme and dozens of diversions.

National Rail issued the following statement at 3.45pm: “The engineering train that derailed earlier between Lancaster and Oxenholme Lake District has now been rerailed, allowing all lines between Preston and Carlisle / Windermere to reopen.

“Trains between these stations may still be delayed by up to 60 minutes as services return to normal, with some services cancelled due to trains and train crew being out of place.

“Buses will continue to run between Lancaster / Windermere and Oxenholme Lake District, to supplement the train service.

“The 17:33 Oxenholme Lake District to Windermere will be the first service to run on this route. The buses are still unable to call at Burneside and Staveley and because of this, passengers should continue to speak to station staff or the bus driver to arrange alternative transport.

“Disruption is expected to continue until approximately 6pm.

“Virgin Trains passengers travelling to / from Glasgow Central / Edinburgh may use tickets dated today on services tomorrow.”

One disgruntled passenger tweeted: “Aboard the first train through the Lancaster/Oxenhome rail blockade. It’s hell. Standing room only and tempers and temperature are both high.”