Trains cancelled as anti-ISIS protesters storm tracks at Manchester Piccadilly Station

Lynette Rowe
March 12, 2018

Three hours later the protesters had been safely removed, allowing rail services to resume and the station to reopen.

Manchester's main railway station has been closed after anti-Turkey protesters climbed on to the tracks leaving airport-bound travellers stranded.

All outbound trains have been disrupted due to track invasion and some services had to be cancelled later.

The National Rail said there was only one exit now functioning at the station as police were addressing the chaos caused by the protesters.

Network Rail said train services may be "amended, cancelled or delayed by up to 60 minutes", adding "major disruption" was expected until 16:30 GMT.

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Social media images appeared to show the protesters flying the flag of a proscribed organisation, although neither Greater Manchester Police (GMP) nor British Transport Police (BTP) have responded to this potential offence.

'Passengers are advised that all lines are suspended in and out of Manchester Piccadilly.

The group also waving the proscribed PKK symbols closed the three lanes of traffic in front of the station, causing traffic jam at a busy junction.

The station opened again just before 4pm GMT as the protesters left the premises.

Turkey regards the YPG as a terrorist group, although it is not a proscribed organisation.

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