Massive delays are expected as a fire involving gas cylinders shuts down train lines to Sunderland.
A ‘GAS cylinder’ fire near a train track this evening has caused major delays to some services across the country.
At 8.30 p.m., news of the fire broke, which was “suspected to have involved gas cylinders.”
The incident occurred between Newcastle and Middlesbrough, and all lines were shut down as a result.
“A fire next to the railway is causing disruption between Sunderland and Middlesbrough,” National Rail Enquiries said.
“Trains may be cancelled, delayed, or diverted as a result.”
This is not expected to happen until 22:00.”
It said the Grand Central service between Sunderland and London Kings Cross was among the affected routes.
The fire also affected the Northern service between Newcastle/Carlisle and Middlesbrough.
Northern Rail said its services between Newcastle and Middlesbrough, as well as Middlesbrough via Hartlepool, had been canceled in a statement on its website.
The staff is on-site and “working to resolve the issue,” but “disruption is expected until the end of the day,” according to the statement.
Northern confirmed that Cleveland Fire and Rescue are also on the scene and working to put out the fire.
The 19:15 Nunthorpe to Carlisle service, which will be diverted via the East Coast Main Line, and the 17:54 Carlisle to Middlesbrough service, which will be delayed at Hartlepool, are the first services to be affected.
Customers who were affected received alternative travel advice from the company.
People in Newcastle are “advised to use Tyne,” according to the statement.
“Road transport has been requested to run between Middlesbrough and Newcastle in both directions,” says the statement.
“Unfortunately, we are unable to source any available transportation at this time,” according to the company.
“We apologize for the inconvenience this will cause you on your journey,” it continued.
“As soon as more information becomes available, it will be provided.”