Huge downpours are causing chaos across the region, as flooding and rain has grounded train routes to a halt.

Northern Railway has issued 'do not travel' advice for the line between Hebden Bridge and Manchester Victoria, as heavy flooding has closed the lines.

Flooding at Atherton has meant services from Salford to Wigan are diverting via Bolton.

Rain has also affected the railway between Eccles and Earlestown, with trains running at reduced speeds.

Northern customers are advised to allow extra time for travel and to check ahead.

A Northern spokesperson said: "As we move into the evening peak we are still experiencing disruption on several routes and, with heavy rain forecast for much of the evening, disruption is likely for the rest of the day.

"We are still advising customers on the Manchester Victoria to Hebden Bridge line not to travel as flooding is making rail and road travel extremely difficult.

"Colleagues at Network Rail are working hard to return the tracks to normal working, but at present we have no estimate as to when we will be able to operate services on the affected routes."

The spokesperson added: "Northern would like to thank customers for their understanding and patience as we continue to try to run as many services as possible."

Flood and rain warning have been issued across the region, with the downpours set to continue overnight.

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