Major bank holiday rail disruption after person is hit by train

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 29th August 2022

Train services between London Euston and Manchester have been severely delayed and cancelled today after a person was hit by a train. 

Emergency services were called to an incident between Milton Keynes Central and Watford Junction early this morning.

All lines were blocked, with services passing through those stations delayed by up to two hours or cancelled altogether. 

Some lines have now reopened but, according to National Rail, the disruption is expected to continue until at least 2pm today. 

Avanti West Coast has added an additional train service to help with the disruption. 


Earlier today, the train operator said: “Due to a person being hit by a train between Milton Keynes Central and Watford Junction all lines are blocked. 

“Train services running through these stations may be cancelled or delayed by up to 120 minutes.”


Customers who were meant to travel on an Avanti service have been told they can use their tickets on board other trains to help them get home. 

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Mancs can use LNER services towards Edinburgh, then use TransPennine Express to get from Leeds back to Manchester. 


Avanti West Coast services have been severely impacted in recent weeks when the company announced it would slash its timetable ‘until further notice’ due to ‘severe staff shortages’. 

Passengers have been unable to book tickets in advance after services were cut down to as few as one per hour. 

For full details on the disruption today, check here.

Featured image: Avanti