Barrow upon Soar bridge collapse causes rail chaos
The sudden collapse of a bridge has caused major disruption to trains between the East Midlands and London.
The collapse, at Barrow Upon Soar, near Loughborough, happened in the early hours.
Trains between London and Nottingham, Derby and Leicester have been cancelled or delayed and replacement buses have been put in place.
Residents said one side of the bridge had been sinking for several years and was due to close this week for repairs.
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Network Rail has been working to clear the route but does not expect it to re-open quickly.
“Owing to a bridge collapse at Barrow upon Soar, train services between Leicester and Loughborough will be disrupted today,” a spokesman said.
“This will affect journeys on the London St Pancras/Nottingham/Leicester and the Leicester/Lincoln/Grimsby routes.”
Residents in the Leicestershire village said Grove Lane was due to be closed overnight so repairs could be carried out on the bridge.
One man who lives nearby said: “The path on the left hand side has decided to sink gradually over time. They scheduled for the road to be closed for the next three nights and then this.”
A commuter who uses Barrow upon Soar station every day said he walked across the bridge on Monday.
“It was subsiding on one side and the wall was cracking and we assumed that’s why they were having the repairs done.
BBC reporter Helen McCarthy, who was at the scene of the bridge collapse, said: “One side of the bridge has disappeared completely and the road has subsided on one side.”
Severn Trent said a burst water main caused by the collapse has been repaired and the water supply to homes in the area had been restored.
A commuter who travels regularly from Leicester to Nottingham said: “Normally it takes me about 20 minutes to get (to work) and it has taken me two hours so far… it is a tad frustrating.”
He added: “The train company has been wonderful right through all of this so far, really.”
A passenger who was travelling to Paris with his family said he was told he could get a refund but was not given any indication of when the line would reopen.
East Midlands Trains said the closure of the line would affect all its services north of Leicester including to and from Chesterfield and Sheffield.
A limited number of trains will run between Leicester and London St Pancras, stopping in Northamptonshire, but they will be subject to last minute changes.