The Rail Action Group, East of Scotland (RAGES) has received the following statements from East Coast re-today’s disruption on the east coast main line.
A Network Rail (NR) spokesman said: “At around 10pm yesterday a train driver reported problems with the overhead power lines near St Neots in Cambridgeshire, on the East Coast Main Line.
“Upon investigation damage has been caused to around one kilometre of overhead wires. Our engineers have worked through the night to carry out
repairs and continue to work on the affected section of railway, but the scale of the problem means no trains will be able to run through this section until midday at least, when a diesel-only service will be able to operate.”
The spokesman went on: “We apologise to passengers for the significant disruption this is causing to services. We’re doing everything we can to repair the damage and get people moving as quickly as we possibly can.
“Train operators are providing buses where necessary and have lifted ticketing restrictions to enable passengers to travel via alternative routes.
“The cause of a dewirement on the Midland Main Line at Radlett last Wednesday was an infrastructure failure. All maintenance on this piece of infrastructure was up to date and maintenance staff numbers were not a factor.”
On Twitter today, the East Coast train company apologised for the delays.
In a further statement the company said: “East Coast services are being disrupted this morning following damage to the overhead power lines at St Neots last night.
“Network Rail have teams working to repair damage. They expect that a limited service of diesel trains may resume from 12 noon today.”
The statement went on: “East Coast services are currently starting from, and terminating at, Peterborough. Our advice to passengers travelling to or from stations south of Peterborough, including London King’s Cross, is to defer journeys until tomorrow, when tickets dated for travel today will be accepted.
“In addition, East Coast tickets are being accepted via alternative routes to London, including on East Midlands Trains’ services via Sheffield, and on Virgin West Coast services.
“All ticket restrictions on East Coast trains have been lifted for the remainder of today. We apologise to all passengers affected by this disruption.”