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Tractor driver dumps slurry onto railway

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A tractor driver has been filmed dumping a tank full of slurry onto the West Coast main line in Cheshire.

A member of the public filmed the brazen act at Hartford Station near Northwich in Cheshire on Wednesday 20 January as floods ravaged the region.

The video shows a large tractor towing a slurry trailer being reversed into the station entrance. The driver then gets out to release thousands of litres of filthy liquid which cascades down the station access road and onto the West Coast main line below.

Storm Christoph had already forced the closure of several key rail links in the North West, but this act added Crewe to Warrington to the list.

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.”

British Transport Police are investigating.

Tractor dumping at Hartford station.