Fallen tree causes train delays after damaging overhead cables

By Jamie Brassington | Walsall | Transport | Published:

Train passengers faced delays in the Black Country after a fallen tree struck overhead power cables.

The shattered windscreen of the train after a tree fell bringing down overhead cables. Picture: @NetworkRailBHM

A train was also left damaged in the incident, with the driver's windscreen left cracked.

The tree brought down overhead electric wires on the Walsall and Rugeley route.

West Midlands Railway have provided buses to replace the delayed trains.

A spokesman for Network Rail said: “A tree from non-railway land has fallen onto the tracks, bringing down overhead power lines. These were hit by a train just after 6.30am. Nobody was injured. Staff are on site to remove the tree and clear the lines so diesel trains can run through the area as soon as possible. Passengers should check with National Rail Enquires or West Midlands Trains for the latest information.”

Birmingham New Street reported the incident at 9.04am.

The West Midlands Railway service between Rugeley and Walsall reopened after 11.30am.

Jamie Brassington

By Jamie Brassington
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