Manchester rail services take a hit after bombing

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MANCHESTER, England — The terrorist attack on the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena that has left 22 dead Monday evening has disrupted local rail services in the region throughout Tuesday. Manchester Victoria Station, which is adjacent to the venue, has remained closed throughout the day as Greater Manchester Police consider it a “crime scene.”

U.K. media outlets have quoted U.S. sources that the bomber had travelled to Victoria Station on his way to the stadium, which is built on former railroad property. It is not certain at this stage whether he used the heavy rail services or the local Metrolink light rail service to reach the concert.

As Manchester Victoria remained closed throughout the day, trains did not run to or from or through the station. Services were diverted, cancelled or made to start or terminate at alternative stations. Replacement bus services were laid on to replace a number of local services. The BBC is reporting that railroad staff at Manchester Victoria railroad station provided first aid and triage services for injured children and adults as they spilled into the station following the explosion.

Services on the city’s tram network Metrolink did not call at Manchester Victoria’s tram stop throughout the day.

Local services to and from Manchester Piccadilly from south Manchester suburban destinations were unaffected. Trains between Liverpool Lime Street and Newcastle were diverted to start or terminate at Manchester Piccadilly.

TransPennine Express services between Scarborough and Liverpool Lime Street through Manchester Piccadilly operated as normal.

Manchester Victoria hosts local and regional services to destinations in Northern England. These include services to popular seaside destination Blackpool and Liverpool that use the original Liverpool to Manchester line. Most trains calling at Victoria are operated by passenger railroad Northern, except for TransPennine Express services from Liverpool to Newcastle. Manchester Piccadilly, which is mainly a terminus, is the principal railroad station in the city. It hosts intercity and cross-country services from national destinations such as London Euston, Birmingham, and Scotland.

UPDATE: Manchester Victoria station staff were among the first to gave aid to victims. May 23, 2017, 11:25 a.m.

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