Activists on tracks cause major delays at busy railway station

Train passengers faced hours of disruption after protesters on the tracks brought services to a complete halt at one of the country's busiest terminals.

A group of activists made their way from the concourse at Manchester Piccadilly on to the tracks at around 1pm on Sunday.

Protesters against Turkish war on Syrian Kurds block the tracks at Manchester Piccadilly station bringing rail services in and out of the terminal to a halt. (PA Wire / Sophy Colbert)
Protesters against Turkish war on Syrian Kurds block the tracks at Manchester Piccadilly station bringing rail services in and out of the terminal to a halt. (PA Wire / Sophy Colbert)

It resulted in services being halted, affecting customers across the country even after the protesters.

Superintendent Mark Cleland from British Transport Police said: "While we appreciate and respect the right to peaceful protest, when this compromises the safety of the public and the protesters themselves, any offenders will attract the full investigative resources of BTP.

"Those involved in this afternoon's incident will be subject to intense investigation with a view to arrest and prosecution.

"All protesters at Manchester Piccadilly have now been safely moved from the tracks and the station has reopened.

#VTUPDATE Train running has now resumed at Manchester Piccadilly. Services are still subject to alterations so please continue to check live updates here - https://t.co/5YTKMXDozbhttps://t.co/ka4aYo2fEI

-- Virgin Trains (@VirginTrains) March 11, 2018

"We will continue to maintain a police presence at this station and at other stations across the rail network."

The action, which saw scores of flag-waving protesters make it on to the tracks, was thought to be in opposition to Turkey's war with Syrian Kurds.

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