A security alert and signal problems caused mayhem for commuters on the rail network.
Signalling problems yesterday on the Blackpool to York line, run by Northern Rail, were compounded by trains from Manchester Picadilly to London Euston and from Liverpool Lime Street to London Euston being cancelled or delayed, after a suspicious package was found on a train in south Manchester in the early hours of the morning.
Bosses at Network Rail apologised for the inconvenience to passengers because of the security alert, but said that safety was paramount.
The rail depot in Longsight was closed off – causing chaos across the North West rail network – after the bag was discovered on a carriage at 2.30am. An investigation has been launched by the fire service and British Transport Police.
Martin Frobisher, route managing director for Network Rail said: “Railway staff reacted quickly to this unfortunate situation to alert emergency services but regrettably there will be disruption to services on the West Coast main line be on some services in the north while we work to resolve this.”