Damaged wiring on the West Coast Main Line has led to major disruption to rail services in Cumbria - with buses now shuttling passengers between Preston and Carlisle.

Overhead wires between Lancaster and Carnforth damaged this morning has resulted in disruption along the West Coast Mainline between Carlisle and Preston.

Avanti West Coast trains are not running between Lancaster and Carlisle, and TransPennine Express services are unable to run between Preston and Carlisle.

It is expected the disruption will continue until about 7pm tonight.

According to National Rail, TransPennine Express services between Manchester Airport and Glasgow Central or Edinburgh, as well as trains between Liverpool Lime Street and Glasgow Central, are also affected.

"Delays up up to 90 minutes" or cancellations should be expected, according to National Rail.

Avanti West Coast customers are able to use the following services to get to their destination while the disruption continues:

  • LNER services between London Kings Cross and Edinburgh;
  • ScotRail via any reasonable route - including between Edinburgh and Glasgow;
  • TransPennine Express via any reasonable route;
  • CrossCountry via any reasonable route;
  • London Underground via any reasonable route.