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Trackside fire halts trains between Milton Keynes and London

A fire has closed the main West Coast rail line between Milton Keynes and London. Credit: Harrow Police / Twitter

Rush-hour commuters suffered major disruption as no trains were able to operate between Milton Keynes and London Euston due to a fire.

Disruption to rail services on the West Coast Main Line was expected to continue throughout Friday and will also affect travellers from Northampton.

More than 50 firefighters were sent to tackle the blaze at a timber yard in Harrow, north-west London.

A Network Rail spokeswoman said: "A fire overnight at a timber yard in Harrow has damaged a trackside retaining wall.

"It will need to be dismantled, made safe and rebuilt. This is a big job expected to take all day.

"The West Coast Main Line will remain shut between Euston and Milton Keynes while these repairs are made.

"Passengers wanting to travel on the West Coast Main Line and West London Line are urged to check with their train operator or before travelling.

"They will be diverted on alternative routes."<

– Network Rail
Train services are expected to be disrupted all day after the trackside fire. Credit: Harrow Police / Twitter

Virgin Trains has lifted ticket restrictions meaning passengers can use services on alternative routes or travel on Saturday.

A spokesman said: "We are sorry for the inevitable disruption and delays to journeys."

Passengers on a London Midland service from London Euston to Milton Keynes were evacuated from a train at Headstone Lane.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.