TRAIN services were thrown into chaos over the weekend after a light aircraft crashed on to a railway line near Stafford.
Chester train station saw Virgin Trains and Arriva Trains Wales services to London disrupted after the accident happened on Friday, January 2.
The wreckage of the light aircraft, which crashed on to a railway line killing three people, was removed on Sunday by air accident investigators.
Virgin Trains, who run trains from Chester to London, had to drop people off in Crewe to take alternative trains.
Their spokesman said: “The services were running to Crewe then people had to change. They were subject to 60 minute delays as trains took a diversionary route around the crash site until late Sunday afternoon.”
Arriva Trains Wales reported less significant delays with most of their trains changing at Crewe anyway.
The pilot of the plane Alan Matthews, 59, along with Nick O'Brien, 35, and his wife, Emma, 29, all from the West Midlands, died in the crash.
Network Rail engineers worked on the West Coast Main Line’s power cables and tracks to get the line ready for Monday morning’s rush hour after the British Transport Police handed the line back following examination by the Air Accidents Investigations Branch on Saturday.