Cable thefts cause rail misery

Passengers arriving at Bedford Station are made aware of the cable theft
Passengers arriving at Bedford Station are made aware of the cable theft Photo: Russell Hookey, ITV Anglia

Cable theft caused travel misery to rail passengers between Bedford and Bletchley - with just hours to go before the start of the Olympics.

The theft led to signalling problems at Bedford which affected travellers on services run by four train companies.

Journey times on First Capital Connect were being extended by up to 90 minutes, while London Midland's trains between Bedford and Bletchley were not calling at Bedford.

The Bedford problem also hit passengers travelling with the Southeastern train company, while East Midlands Trains' services could not stop at Bedford.