Train journeys affected by derailment

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Emergency railway repairs will affect evening train services between Kettering and London and Leicester between tonight (Friday, December 28) and New Year’s Eve.

Network Rail is having to carry out the repairs after a freight train derailed in Barrow on Soar, between Leicester and Loughborough, yesterday.

Some early morning services between tomorrow (Saturday, December 29) and New Year’s Day will also be affected.

Copies of the revised timetables are available online at

However, in summary, a very limited timetable will be running after 6pm on the Midland Main Line and no trains will run north from Leicester after 8pm.

The last direct northbound services departing from London St Pancras will be the 6.25pm service to Derby and Sheffield and the 6.30pm to Nottingham.

All other services will terminate at Leicester and a limited replacement bus service will be available for onward northbound travel.

Southbound trains will suffer a reduced service after 4.30pm on each day.

A spokesman for East Midlands Trains said: “We would like to apologise to our passengers for any inconvenience this will cause, however it is vitally important that Network Rail have full access to the line so that they can move the freight train and repair the damage caused by the derailment yesterday.

“Due to the location of the derailment and work required, it is unfortunately going to have a significant knock on effect on our evening and early morning services to and from London.

“We will be working hard to continue running as many services as possible whilst allowing Network Rail to carry out this important work. However, we would advise passengers to check before they travel and either travel earlier in the day if they can, or use an alternative train operator wherever possible.”

Network Rail say engineers will have to construct a road to the site, stabilise the embankment, remove seven derailed wagons and repair over 300 yards of track following the accident.