Widespread disruption is effecting major routes on the West Coast Main Line today, and passengers are being urged to check before they travel.
At South Kenton, on the approach to London Euston, repairs to overhead wires have overrun. Just after 1 pm today electric trains began free-wheeling under the damaged wires. Further repairs are planned overnight tonight.
At Hanslope, near Northampton, a signalling failure halted all services leaving Euston station. Engineers are currently working on resolving this issue.
At Newbold, near Rugby, a cable fault led to further train delays. Network Rail engineers have now fixed this problem.
Preston station was evacuated this morning when the fire alarm went off. No fire was found, and the station has since reopened.
What did the officials say?
James Dean, route director for the West Coast Mainline South route, said:
“I am really sorry to all passengers affected by the problems we have faced along the West Coast main line today.
“We are working very hard to fix each issue and get trains moving as quickly as possible. Even after we do, however, delays are likely for the rest of the day.
“Please keep checking National Rail Enquiries or your train operator for live travel updates.”
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