Train services across the country have been cancelled due to a broken piece of track outside Manchester Piccadilly.
Network Rail said one of six lines into the station was closed affecting services to Birmingham, Manchester Airport and London.
Passengers vented their frustration at more problems on the railways after Northern's timetable changes in the summer caused "carnage".
Network Rail apologised and said it hoped to have the rail fixed overnight.
In a statement, it said four of the six lines would be closed through the night to fix the problem.
Passengers have been advised to check before they travel.
An hourly bus journey has replaced the service from Piccadilly to Manchester Airport.
Tickets are being accepted on the Metrolink between the airport and Manchester Piccadilly and also on Transpennine Express services.
Virgin cancelled some trains to London and the following routes have been affected:
- A reduced TransPennine Express service will run between Manchester Victoria and Manchester Airport
- A reduced Virgin Trains service between Manchester Piccadilly and London Euston
- Delays of up to 15 minutes can be expected as a result of congestion in the Manchester Piccadilly area
- Northern services between Blackpool North and Manchester Airport cancelled in both directions, customers are advised to change at Preston
- Northern services between Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Airport cancelled in both directions, customers are advised to change at Manchester Oxford Road
- Northern services between Manchester Piccadilly and Hazel Grove cancelled from 12:30, customers can use Buxton services.
A full list of routes affected can be found on the National Rail website.
Here’s the broken rail that’s causing changes to some https://t.co/1NI5aKTTld’s being repaired tonight as it would severely disrupt the network if fixed today.We’re sorry for the inconvenience.Please check before you travel @northernassist @TPEassist @VirginTrains @OfficialTfGM pic.twitter.com/qLSGuZXGM2— ManchesterPiccadilly (@NetworkRailMAN) November 6, 2018
Passengers have taken to Twitter to vent their frustration, with one saying the service was a "constant disappointment" and another suggesting they return to the days of Richard III and "fast horses"
So @northernassist, you cancelled the 07:43 from Piccadilly to Wigan (broken rail? slippery rail? cold rail?) So I run to Victoria for the 07:50 and we’re rammed into two carriages. Your service is just a constant disappointment #NorthernFail pic.twitter.com/ySG2t4OiUd— Kaelan (@kaelanoshea) November 6, 2018
No trains from Manchester Piccadilly today ; the NW is getting increasingly cut off. Would be better with the 6 stations of fast horses started by Richard III . .— Stephanie Brooke (@manx_maid) November 6, 2018
A new excuse for cancellations and delays this morning - a rail flaw near Manchester Piccadilly. #TrainPain— Louise Rogers (@WugglesPie) November 6, 2018