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Rush hour rail delays continue

Thousands of rail travellers have faced lengthy delays today after a major fault on the East Coast main line. A kilometre of overhead wiring was brought down by an engine last night.

It left two hundred Yorkshire bound passengers stranded overnight at Kings Cross station and delays for passengers which will reach into tomorrow.


Travel: Train delays for East Coast passengers

Long delays for thousands of commuters Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Thousands of rail commuters leaving Yorkshire for London are facing much-delayed journeys due to an electrical supply problem.

Centred on north London, the problem was last night causing hold-ups of up to 90 minutes on some journeys between London's King's Cross and Moorgate stations and Stevenage in Hertfordshire. Passengers travelling with - East Coast, First Hull and Grand Central trains - are also affected.

Investment in regional rail

There are plans for a multi-million pound investment into rail improvements across the region.

Network Rail wants to create a hub in York worth £560 million to increase the number of services in the north of England by 700 services per day.

They also believe this will create 20,000 jobs and will lead to shorter journey times.

Some of the plans include:

  • Doubling Dore junction and Calder Valley journey time improvement
  • Electrifying the trans-Pennine route, including Selby to Micklefield, and introducing new, more reliable and faster trains connectivity to address key bottlenecks
  • Leeds station new platforms to improve capacity
  • Harrogate station capacity
  • New turnback facility at Micklefield
  • Tram Train pilot connecting to Sheffield Supertram.
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