Commuter hell for Euston train passengers
PUBLISHED: 11:44 07 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:46 07 September 2010
THOUSANDS of rail passengers at Euston face more commuter hell today (Wednesday) after a power line fell on the tracks. Around 9pm last night the overhead power lines on the West Coast mainline came down in the Wembley area, halting all trains in and out
THOUSANDS of rail passengers at Euston face more commuter hell today (Wednesday) after a power line fell on the tracks.
Around 9pm last night the overhead power lines on the West Coast mainline came down in the Wembley area, halting all trains in and out of Euston.
Network Rail engineers are working to rectify the situation but travel to Birmingham and north-west England has been severely affected.
Trains resumed running through the area by 10am this morning but it is a heavily reduced service. Virgin has been running four trains an hour and London Midland is advising passengers to find alternative ways to and from London.
Network Rail said the string of problems on the West Coast mainline in recent days appeared to be unrelated and apologised to anyone whose journeys have been disrupted.
Operations director for London Midland Andy Thomas said there were very few options available to try to provide a service for commuters this morning.
"Unfortunately there is not much that we can do whilst the repairs are carried out and today is going to be another day of major disruption to our services along the West Coast route, with no London services possible until further notice.
"We are working closely with Network Rail to understand exactly why this damage to power lines has happened."
This is the third day in a week services on London Midland have been disrupted after problems on the overhead power lines in Watford on Sunday and Monday caused services from Euston to be suspended.
Passengers are advised to find alternative routes where possible.
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