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Tractor causes rail delays in Yorkshire

Tractor on tracks at Fitzwilliam near Wakefield in Yorkshire

A farm tractor caused damage to tracks and overhead electric wires after rolling onto a railway line at Fitzwilliam, causing delays to trains travelling through Wakefield in Yorkshire.

The tractor, which was found with an uprooted tree on top of it last night, was removed in the early hours of this morning, but passengers have been warned to expect delays through Wakefield Westgate until 1800 while repairs are carried out.

According to National Rail, which provided pictures of the incident, services on Crosscountry, London North Eastern Railway (LNER) and Northern are being affected by the disruption.

Crosscountry services between Leeds and Sheffield are being diverted and will not call at Wakefield Westgate, and some services will not call at Leeds.

On LNER, trains between Leeds and Doncaster will be diverted to start and terminate at York and a shuttle train service will operate between Leeds and Doncaster via an alternative route. Replacement road transport is operating between Wakefield Westgate and Doncaster.

Lastly, Northern will be able to run trains through Fitzwilliam from 1030, but National Rail says this will be a limited service because electric trains cannot operate.

Services are expected to return to normal this evening after repair works are completed.

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