RAIL passengers faced more than three hours of delays after a train broke down during rush hour.
The train failed between Hall Lane and Hightown on the Southport to Hunts Cross at around 5.30pm.
It brought the line to a standstill as engineers worked to get the train running again.
The train was eventually removed from the track.
Services resumed but with severe delays and cancellations.
One passenger said: “I was on a train behind the broken down one. We were waiting for an hour at Formby. Then we started moving but when we got to Sandhills we were told to get off.
“I was going to St Michael’s and it’s usually a journey that goes straight through. We caught the next train but had to get off at Central and had to wait another 10 minutes .”