Flood water rising over the tracks blocks the railroad between Wigan and Southport.

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The northbound services between Wigan Wallgate and Southport are currently being shut down after flooding has made it “impossible” to operate the trains.

Flooding rising above the tracks has closed the rail line between Wigan Wallgate and Southport.

Northern Rail has stated that the flooding has made train operations “impossible”.

The company has stated that compensation for delays will be available for all customers whose trains are delayed by 15 minutes or more this afternoon.

A rail replacement bus runs hourly from Wigan Wallgate and half an hour from Southport to Southport.

Northern Rail said they are “doing everything in their power” to reduce the water levels that began rising this morning at Parbold and New Lane stations.

Claims can be made by visiting Northern Rail’s website and following the links for reimbursement for delays.

Chris Jackson, Northern’s Regional Director, said: “Unfortunately, due to the flooding, we are unable to maintain our usual services between Southport and Wigan – and this is affecting services that would normally continue to Stalybridge and Alderley Edge.

“The Network Rail colleagues are on site and doing everything they can to lower the water level and get train services back on track.

“In the meantime, I am asking our customers for patience.

“We will use buses to keep people on the move, but they will probably add about an hour to the journey”.

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