Major rail delays

There have been rail delays between London, Northampton and Milton Keynes after overhead wire problems at Wolverton in Buckinghamshire.

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Update on rail chaos affecting Beds, Herts and Northants

Passengers are helped from trains after power line problem cause chaos on rail services. Credit: Martin Stewart/Flickr/bluebus

Rail passengers have been plagued with problems with major disruption continuing on busy commuter routes into London from Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Northamptonshire.

Overhead power cable problems in Hertfordshire caused severe disruption to Wednesday night's evening rush-hour services. On Thursday, two of the four lines between Bedford and St Pancras in London remained closed.

Power lines were brought down at Radlett station in Hertfordshire Credit: Martin Stewart/Flickr/bluebus
Buses are replacing trains at Luton station because of overhead power line problems. Credit: Lauren Hall / ITV Anglia

East Midlands Trains journeys between Bedford and London St Pancras were delayed by up to 60 minutes. There were shorter delays on First Capital Connect and Southeastern journeys between Bedford and St Pancras.

Buses are replacing trains between Luton and Luton Airport Parkway and London.

Passengers had to walk up the track to the station after power lines were brought down Credit: Martin Stewart/Flickr/bluebus

Delays on First Capital Connect trains were expected run into Friday morning, and a spokesman said services would be affected all day on Thursday.

He added: "The damage is extensive - 1km of overhead power cables are down."

Buses are running between Wellingborough and Northampton to connect with London Midland services between Northampton and London Euston

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