Train on fire on Cornwall rail line at Par: cancellations and delays

A train has caught on fire on Cornwall’s main rail line, causing services to be cancelled and delayed.

It is after Fire Critical Control received a 999 call from Network Rail to say there was a fire on a train travelling towards Par, just before 11.30am.

Passengers were moved to a safe part of the train while crews from St Austell, Lostwithiel and Fowey were scrambled, along with two fire officers.

A spokesperson for Cornwall Fire and Rescue said: “On arrival at the RVP point crews established communication with the train driver who informed crews that the automatic fire suppression system had actuated, and crews using breathing apparatus were deployed to confirm the fire was out.

“When safe and the fire confirmed out, the train will be moved to Par Station and all passengers have been relocated to a safe part of the train.”

The fire has led to a number of services being cancelled, due to all lines being blocked by the incident.

These are:

11:54 Truro to Plymouth due 13:09

12:24 Plymouth to Gunnislake due 13:10

12:36 Liskeard to Looe due 13:04

13:06 Looe to Liskeard due 13:34

13:18 Gunnislake to Plymouth due 14:03

It is also affecting a number of trains that may be delayed or not call at certain stations.

These are:

10:54 Truro to London Paddington due 15:31

12:16 Plymouth to London Paddington due 15:31

12:19 Plymouth to Truro due 13:32

12:54 Truro to London Paddington due 17:29

Full details of all the disruption can be found at www.journeycheck.com/greatwesternrailway/

Disruption is currently expected until 1.30pm.

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