Trains towards Leeds delayed due to broken down train at Rochdale railway station

Date published: 11 May 2022

Train services through Rochdale station towards Blackburn and Leeds are being cancelled or delayed due to a broken-down freight train.

Northern says disruption is expected until 6pm due to a broken-down freight train in the station, which has now been cleared as of 5.10pm.

First services affected:

  • 15:58 - Manchester Victoria to Leeds, which was due to arrive at 17:19. This service is currently between Castleton and Rochdale.
  • 14:35 - Kirkby to Blackburn via Manchester Victoria and Todmorden, which was due to arrive at 17:12. This service is being held in Castleton station.
  • 16:09 - Manchester Victoria to Rochdale, which was due to arrive at 16:29. This service is being held in Mills Hill station.

Northern ticket holders have acceptance on Metrolink services between Manchester Victoria and Rochdale, although there are currently no tram services between Rochdale town centre and the railway station due to a road collision.



Rail services are returning to normal but may still be delayed or cancelled whilst Northern recovers the service.

Speaking before the lines reopened, a spokesperson for Northern said: “This is currently only affecting services towards Blackburn via Todmorden and Leeds via Hebden Bridge.

“The driver of the freight train is liaising with remote engineers to resolve the issue as soon as possible.”




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