Gloucestershire Police chasing a stolen tractor has reported the tractor has hit a bridge between Wadborough and Abbotswood Junction causing damage to bridge with debris on the track.
All trains travelling between Gloucester and Cheltenham and Birmingham New Street are facing huge delays and diversions this morning after a tractor went over a railway bridge and onto the tracks near Cheltenham.
Passengers are currently being advised they should travel via Reading instead while engineers are on site to resolve the problem.
A Network Rail spokesperson said: "There are some delays and cancellations to services between Cheltenham and Birmingham this morning following an incident overnight near Abbotswood. A tractor, believed to be stolen, hit and demolished the parapet above a railway bridge, causing debris to fall onto the track below."
The spokesman continued: "Following the incident, a train travelling from Cardiff to Birmingham New Street hit the debris at 9.30pm yesterday evening. There were no injuries and the train was not derailed, but did sustain some damage. West Mercia Police attended the scene. We currently have a diversion in place and train services are likely to be impacted for most of the morning. Please check before you travel."
Let`s hope they throw the book at the little bar stewards if they`re caught. It did make me chuckle a little when it says police chasing a tractor. Either police cars in Worcester have a 30mph max speed or their tractors would be swooned over by Clarkson. Pity the poor traveller though.