IT may look like a river but this is actually the railway line linking Chester and Crewe.

The photos were posted on Twitter by British Transport Police (BTP) in Cheshire to show why train cancellations have been necessary today (Wednesday, June 12).

Officers tweeted: “Have you wondered why you were delayed this morning due to flooding? To give you just an idea this is part of the line between Chester and Crewe. Engineers are on site from Network Rail doing their best.”

Chester and District Standard:

The track between Crewe and Chester. Image by BTP.

Both BTP and Merseyrail also posted images of the track at Hooton, near Ellesmere Port.

The rail operator tweeted: “Engineers are continuing to work on the flooded area.

“Services will remain suspended between Rock Ferry and Chester/ Ellesmere Port until further notice.

“A very limited replacement bus service is running between Chester and Rock Ferry. Customers are advised to add extra time.”

Chester and District Standard:

The flooded track between Chester and Hooton. Image by BTP.

BTP Cheshire added: “Looking very soggy down at Hooton on the Merseyrail. Hopefully this helps to explain the delays this morning.”

Chester and District Standard:

The track at Hooton. Image by Merseyrail.