THE Furness Line is now expected to be disrupted until at least April 21, according to Northern. 

After the derailment of a train travelling towards Barrow on the approach to Grange station on March 22, an initial date of April 8 was given. Northern began operating a rail replacement bus service from Lancaster to Barrow the morning of the derailment. 

On X, formerly known as Twitter, Northern put out the following update: "Services between Lancaster and Barrow-in-Furness continue to be disrupted, due to a derailment in the Grange-Over-Sands area.

"Specialist teams continue to carry out work and repairs to ensure the area is safe for the line to re-open. Disruption is expected until 21/04.

"Ticket restrictions have been lifted and replacement transport will continue to run."

A Network Rail spokesperson said: “We are expecting the line to reopen by the end of the month. The work taking place over the next few days is critical in determining a more accurate timeline. Once this is established, we will be able to advise passengers of a reopening date.

“It is expected the line will be closed until at least 21 April, however, due to the complex nature of the issue, it is difficult to say for sure at this stage.”