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Haverhill commuter rail service curtailed Friday due to Merrimack Valley fires

Boston, MA - 04/05/18 - An engineer drives an outbound commuter rail train into Hyde Park Station. (Lane Turner/Globe Staff) Reporter: (Andrea Estes) Topic: (08railengineers)
Lane Turner/Globe Staff
An engineer drives an outbound commuter rail train into Hyde Park Station in April.

Travel on the Haverhill commuter rail line will be disrupted Friday due to the series of gas explosions and fires Thursday night in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover, the MBTA Commuter Rail announced.

Haverhill line trains will operate only between North Station and Reading, according to Keolis Commuter Services, the commuter rail operator.

Passengers who need train service beyond Reading will be able to take buses from the Haverhill and Bradford stations to the Anderson/Woburn station on the Lowell commuter rail line. “Additional capacity” on the Lowell line is expected to be added to “accommodate this service,” Keolis wrote in a statement Thursday night.

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Parking at the Anderson/Woburn station will be free on Friday, and “passengers are encouraged to utilize this large parking lot for service on the Lowell Line,” Keolis wrote.

Commuters are also encouraged to use the Newburyport line as an alternative route.