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RAIL: PETERBOROUGH TO GRANTHAM

Rail passengers are facing major delays today due to overhead wire problems.

East Coast, East Midlands Trains, Grand Central and First Hull Trains are all reporting delays of two hours as well as cancellations.

All lines are blocked between Peterborough and Grantham.

The disruption is affecting trains heading north from London King's Cross as well as services between Norwich and Sheffield.

Problems are likely to continue throughout the day until 6pm.

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Smart ticketing for rail users

The government's investing almost £3m into a trial of paperless ticketing on c2c trains across the South East.

c2c, which operates between Fenchurch Street, Shoeburyness and the Essex coast, will start using Oyster style cards at all of its stations outside London from January.

It's the first major step in the Department for Transport's £45m pound scheme to improve travel across the region.

Network Rail apologises for train chaos

Network Rail has apologised for the train delays for commuters heading into and out of London from Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk on Tuesday morning.

The company was updating signalling equipment over the Bank Holiday weekend but it didn't work as expected after it was tested at the end of the work.

Hundreds of trains were cancelled or ran late and the disruption continued for much of the day.

Tony Raine from Network Rail said there would be a reduced timetable for the evening rush hour on Tuesday but services would return to normal on Wednesday.

Click below to watch the interview with Network Rail's Tony Raine

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Reduced rail services running after problems on the line

Over-running engineering works have caused chaos for tens of thousands early morning commuters heading to London at the end of Bank Holiday weekend.

Services running from King's Lynn in Norfolk, Cambridge and Stevenage in Hertfordshire were all affected.

First Capital Connect has put in place a reduced emergency timetable after dozens of train services were cancelled during the morning.

Network Rail was working on the line at Alexandra Palace in north London over the weekend and there were problems discovered after testing.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Olivia Paterson

Jobs secured at rail company in Milton Keynes

Jobs have been secured at Railcare in Milton Keynes after it was bought by a German company. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The rail repairs and refurbishment firm Railcare, which has a site in Milton Keynes, has been sold to a German company.

The firm which went into administration earlier in August was bought by Knoor-Bremse Rail Systems UK Limited.

It will secure work at the Wolverton and Glasgow sites and save two hundred skilled jobs there.

Emergency timetable after major rail disruption

Emergency engineering work is causing major disruption on trains into London King's Cross Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Archive/Press Association Images

An emergency timetable has been put into place after major disruption on rail services from Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk into London's King's Cross.

Urgent engineering work is taking place in the Alexandra Palace area of north London.

First Capital Connect is operating an amended timetable. It affects services to and from places like King's Lynn, Ely, Cambridge, Peterborough, Stevenage, Letchworth and Royston.

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HS2 'needed as network will be full by mid-2020s'

The HS2 high-speed railway project is needed because without it, the existing rail network will be "full by the mid-2020s", the Department for Transport said today, after the Institute of Directors slammed the initiative.

A train passes through Church Fenton, North Yorkshire where it is proposed the HS2 railway will link with the East Coast Mainline. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

A spokeswoman said: "The scheme is forecast to generate over £50 billion of benefits for the UK economy but we know we must maximise every economic benefit HS2 has to offer.

"That is why the HS2 Growth Taskforce was created, headed up by Lord Deighton, to work with city and business leaders to ensure we are capitalising on every opportunity to help regeneration, job creation, investment opportunities and in building a skilled UK economy."

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