Video footage shows flooding on the Manchester railway line after a water main burst


Serious delays are being felt in services in Manchester after a burst water main flooded the lanes at Audenshaw in east Manchester.

Network Rail was forced to close the line when water started pouring over the tracks earlier this morning near Fairfield station.

Services cannot currently operate between Manchester Piccadilly, Rose Hill and Hadfield, as well as between Stalybridge and Leeds via Guide Bridge.

This incident also affects TransPennine Express services to Hull.

Northern keeps passengers moving with buses between Guide Bridge and Manchester Piccadilly as well as between Romiley and Guide Bridge.

Network Rail is working with United Utilities as it tries to bring the leak under control, but National Rail Inquiries says disruption is expected until midday tomorrow (Friday September 2).

Chris Pye, Network Rail’s North West Infrastructure Manager, said: ‘We are sorry for the passengers affected by this burst water main and we are supporting United Utilities as they work hard to get to the bottom of this. the breakdown and fix it so the trains can run again.

“I would please ask anyone planning to travel on the Glossop line and between Manchester and Leeds via Stalybridge to check National Railway inquiries before setting off on their journey today as this causes serious disturbances.”

Phil Sweeney, Central Operations Manager for United Utilities, said: “Our teams are working closely with Network Rail to resolve the issue as quickly and safely as possible while maintaining water supplies to customers in the area. We would like to apologize to passengers for the inconvenience caused by the burst.

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