TRAIN customers have been advised not to travel this morning after a locomotive derailed at Bletchley.
The incident took place at 2.28am and halted all long distance services from Scotland and the north into London Euston.
The train driver was taken to hospital, but his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
Crash investigators are at the scene and disruption could last for much of the day.
A statement on the Virgin trains website said: ‘Due to a train derailment the railway is closed at Bletchley. No trains are able to run between Milton Keynes and London Euston’.
Some Virgin trains on the Manchester/Liverpool/Glasgow routes will start or terminate their journey at Milton Keynes. Trains from Wolverhampton and Birmingham will terminate at Rugby.
Passengers making intermediate journeys and not travelling to London should use these trains. Services on the Chester and North Wales route will operate between Holyhead/Chester and Crewe only.
Passengers making journeys to and from London have been advised to use alternative routes.
Virgin Trains customers holding tickets dated for travel today will be allowed to travel on services on Saturday, February 4. This includes all Advance Purchase tickets.
Customers affected who decide not to travel will get a full refund from the point of sale. This includes all advance purchase tickets.
Travel updates will be available throughout the day on the Virgin Trains Website
And the London Midland website also included a similar statement: ‘Owing to a derailed train between Milton Keynes Central and London Euston all lines are blocked.’
It advised that London Midland train services between Milton Keynes Central and London Euston may be cancelled at short notice, adding that an estimate for the resumption of normal services will be provided as soon as the problem has been fully assessed.
There is no transport from Bletchley, Leighton Buzzard or Cheddington, and customers are advised not to travel.
Updates can also be seen on the London Midland website