Tractor driver sparks travel chaos after 'dumping floodwater onto train line'

Cheshire: Tractor appears to dump flood water at train station

A spokesman for Network Rail said the video - which appeared to show a tractor towing a slurry trailer releasing liquid into the car park - "made my blood boil". It was filmed by a member of the public at Hartford station near Northwich in Cheshire on Wednesday evening, as heavy rainfall caused flooding and widespread disruption to the county. In the footage, a tractor is reversed into the station entrance before the liquid is released from the slurry trailer.

According to Network Rail, it then cascaded down the station access road and onto the West Coast main line below - causing further difficulties for staff clearing sections of flooded railway.

Phil James, Network Rail's North West route director, said: "When we were already struggling with Storm Christoph, this cynical opportunist decided to use the railway as their own personal sewer.

"Seeing this video made my blood boil. We will be working with police to take the strongest action possible against this tractor driver for damaging the railway, delaying people and goods, and potentially putting the lives of passengers and workers at risk."

Network Rail said the video had been passed on to British Transport Police who were now looking into the footage.

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UK floodsA tractor driver caught dumping what is thought to be floodwater has sparked fury (Image: Network Rail)

UK floodsA spokesman for Network Rail said the video "made my blood boil" (Image: Network Rail)

Severe flood warnings remain in place after hundreds of residents were told to leave their homes overnight because of adverse weather caused by Storm Christoph.

Homes were flooded following heavy rainfall and snow showers in Cheshire, with roads disrupted and residents in the county warned that river levels were still rising on Thursday.

Residents were evacuated overnight in the Didsbury and Northenden areas of Greater Manchester, with the Government preparing for further impacts from

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