To the rescue: Tunnels used in multi- agency training exercise

EMERGENCY services in Diggle and Marsden took part in a training exercise at two of the three Standedge rail tunnels.

Around 200 personnel from the fire, ambulance and police services were involved in a simulated rescue operation.

Network Rail and Mountain Rescue were also part of the day-long exercise that necessitated parking restrictions on a number of village roads.

Volunteers were also recruited and involved in the ‘incident’, deep inside the three-mile-long Victorian tunnels.

They were ‘passengers’ on a single decker bus, used to replicate a rail carriage, awaiting rescue.

TransPennine rail services on the day weren’t affected by the multi-agency exercise.

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