Roof collapses suddenly onto train station platform

Part of the roof of a Cheshire train station dramatically caved in narrowly missing passengers.

Footage shared online shows a huge pile of rubble and debris strewn across the platform and waiting areas of Northwich Station late this morning.

Travellers reported seeing the roof and wall suddenly collapse around them, hurtling rubble onto the tracks.

Northern Rail said there will be lengthy delays and numerous cancellations in the area while firefighters clear debris off the tracks.

No one has been injured in the incident and everyone has been accounted for.

Hollie Sephton said she was walking on the platform when the roof fell in front of her without warning.

She told Cheshire Live: ‘I walked up and the roof just fell on its own, that’s literally all that happened. It was complete silence one minute, and then all of a sudden it just fell.

‘Everyone jumped into action though and everyone was fine.’

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The incident will cause disruption to a number of services running from the station for the rest of the day, with delays on the Chester to Manchester Piccadilly line.

Local MP Mark Amesbury said he was ‘shocked’ at the incident and will host urgent talks with Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

The MP for Weaver Vale said: ‘My team have spoken to police and, miraculously, it appears nobody has been injured although there has been major disruption to the railway. Clearly there will need to be an official investigation to understand what has happened.’

Network Rail said it is ‘too early’ to determine how the incident happened.

A spokesperson said: ‘We’re working with Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service after a partial building collapse at Northwich station. Fortunately, no one has been injured.

‘It’s too early to say what caused this. Investigations are under way and the station is closed. We’re sorry to passengers affected and ask anyone travelling in the area today to check National Rail Enquiries before they make their journey.’

A Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: ‘The area has been cordoned off by firefighters and there are cancellations to train services.

‘Everyone present at the time is accounted for. The crew is assessing the scene with representatives from Network Rail and has notified council engineers.’

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