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Major rail disruption expected until 5.30pm

Departure boards Credit: ITV News Central

Commuters may see their journey home from work affected as well as their morning commute as disruption due to damaged overhead wires continues.

National Rail have confirmed that major disruption between Coventry and Birmingham New Street is expected to continue until 5.30pm.

It's because of serious damage to overhead electrical wires.

Travel: Trains at Northampton station disrupted

Trains are being disrupted Credit: PA

Trains at Northampton station are being disrupted after a freight train broke down.

Passengers are warned that there could be delays until later this morning.

Severe train disruption: Which routes are affected?

Map showing the location of the incident which has caused delays Credit: National Rail

Train delays between Birmingham and Coventry are expected until later this afternoon.

Here are the routes which are affected.

  • Arriva Trains Wales between Birmingham International and Shrewsbury / Llandudno
  • CrossCountry between Reading / Bournemouth / Southampton Central and Birmingham New Street / Manchester Piccadilly
  • London Midland between London Euston / Coventry and Birmingham New Street and also between Birmingham International and Liverpool Lime Street
  • Virgin Trains between London Euston and Birmingham New Street / Wolverhampton / Shrewsbury / Edinburgh

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Birmingham Airport passengers told to leave extra time

Birmingham Airport Credit: PA

Birmingham Airport are warning passengers intending to fly from Birmingham today to leave extra time to get to the airport.

Train lines between Birmingham New Street and Coventry are blocked after overhead wires near Birmingham International station were damaged.

Delays are expected to last until 3pm this afternoon.

Rail delays expected until 3pm due to wire damage

Trains are being delayed Credit: ITV News Central

Passengers travelling between Birmingham and Coventry are being told to expect delays until 3pm this afternoon.

Damage to the overhead electric wires between Birmingham New Street and Coventry have been damaged, meaning that train lines are blocked.

You can find out what alternative routes and ticket options your train operator is offering here.

Cross Country trains confirm temporary ticket options

A Cross Country train Credit: PA

Cross Country trains have confirmed the alternative routes their passengers are able to take to reach their destination amid serious disruption this morning:

  • Tickets will be accepted with Virgin Trains West Coast via any reasonable route
  • Tickets will be accepted on London Midland services between Birmingham New Street and Birmingham International
  • Rail replacement transport will be in place between Birmingham International and Coventry
  • Rail replacement transport will be in place between Coventry and Leamington.
  • There will be an hourlyCross Country shuttle service running between Leamington and Coventry (from 09:20) and Coventry to Leamington (from 09:40)

They've also said that rail tickets will be accepted on the following buses:

  • 900 - between Birmingham New Street and Coventry
  • 11 - between Coventry and Leamington Spa

Engineers 'continue to work' to resolve problem

Network Rail say that engineers are 'continuing to work' to fix the power outage at Hampton-in-Arden which has caused major disruption to services coming out of Birmingham.

  • Virgin Trains have confirmed that their passengers can now use Arriva Trains Wales services between Birmingham and Shrewsbury.
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