Power cable delays

Thousands of train passengers could face severe delays until the end of the week - after "extensive" damage to overhead power cables.

Cable failure causes train chaos

Train passengers have been facing delays travelling between London and Hertfordshire after damage to overhead power lines.

More than half a mile of cables collapsed at Radlett, causing problems on First Capital Connect, East Midlands and Southeastern services.

Paul Brand reports.

Overhead wire delays - service update

SOUTHEASTERN

Disruption on Southeastern between Kentish Town and Sevenoaks due to overhead line problems at Radlett. Tickets being accepted on local bus routes and London Underground services.

All Kentish Town services are suspended. Additional trains running Victoria-Sevenoaks. Buses are running Sevenoaks-Otford via Bat & Ball. Disruption is expected all day today.

FIRST CAPITAL CONNECT

Disruption on First Capital Connect between Bedford and Brighton, between Luton and Sutton and between Kentish Town and Sevenoaks due to overhead line problems at Radlett.

Tickets being accepted on other National Rail, London Underground, London Tramlink and local bus services. Two lines closed to First Capital Connect Thameslink services. Revised service running.

Delays of up to an hour. From 21:00, buses replace trains between Bedford and West Hampstead Thameslink. It is hoped a normal service will resume at 06:00 on Friday.

EAST MIDLANDS TRAINS

Delays of up to 30 minutes on East Midlands Trains between St Pancras International and Nottingham, between St Pancras International and Sheffield and between St Pancras International and Corby due to overhead line problems at Radlett.

All lines are now open to East Midlands Trains services which don't use the overhead power lines, but there may be some delays.

Source: INRIX

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Power cable delays - service update

EAST MIDLANDS TRAINS

All lines are now open to East Midlands Train Services which don't use the overhead power lines, but there may be delays of up to one hour on services between St Pancras International and Nottingham, between St Pancras International and Sheffield and between St Pancras International and Corby.

FIRST CAPITAL CONNECT

Two lines remain closed to First Capital Connect Thameslink, so a revised service is running, with delays of up to an hour and some cancellations. Disruption is expected to continue for the rest of the day.

Services between Bedford and Brighton, Luton and Sutton and between Kentish Town and Sevenoaks are affected.

SOUTHEASTERN

Two lines remain closed to Southeastern trains, causing delays of up to an hour and some cancellations.

Services between Bedford and Brighton, Luton and Sutton and between Kentish Town and Sevenoaks are affected.

Source: INRIX

Overhead cable problems - latest

Thousands of Londoners are likely to face severe train delays until the end of the week following "extensive" damage to overhead power cables.

The problems at Radlett in Hertfordshire have affected the services of three train companies in the capital.

Paul Brand has been speaking to Mick Cash from the RMT union and to passengers affected by the delays.

Train evacuation

Nick Renaud-Komiya took this picture of yesterday's evacuation from another stationary train.

Engineers use ladders to help passengers out of a stranded train. Credit: Nick Renaud-Komiya, Twitter @NickRenKom

Overhead cable damage

This picture, taken by passenger Martin Stewart, shows the broken cable hanging over the track in Radlett station yesterday.

Severe delays have been predicted on Southeastern, East Midlands Trains and First Capital Connect until the end of the week.

The overhead cables have been damaged in Radlett station in Hertfordshire. Credit: Martin Stewart, Flickr bluebus

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Passengers evacuated from trains

Passengers have described how they were evacuated from a train, after overhead cables came down in Hertfordshire yesterday.

The First Capital Connect service came to a halt just outside Radlett. And, after a two-hour wait, passengers were forced to walk down the line to the station.

One of those on board, Martin Stewart, said that there were "lots of sparks when the cable hit the train".

Passengers were evacuated from the train after overhead cables came down near Radlett. Credit: Martin Stewart, Flickr bluebus
Engineers escorted the public along the side of the track to the station. Credit: Martin Stewart, Flickr bluebus
Coaches, waiting at Radlett Station, then took the passengers on to St Albans. Credit: Martin Stewart, Flickr bluebus

Severe delays for passengers

Overhead cables are damaged in Hertfordshire Credit: bluebus' photostream

Thousands of train passengers could face severe delays until the end of the week - after "extensive" damage to overhead power cables.

The problems at Radlett in Hertfordshire mean services run by three train companies - Southeastern, East Midlands Trains and First Capital Connect (FCC) - are likely to be affected throughout today.

People could be delayed by up to an hour as there's major disruption expected on services between Luton and St Pancras International in London.

Travel chaos on three major train lines

Thousands of commuters face severe disruption on their journeys home tonight, because of problems with overhead wires at Radlett in Hertfordshire.

Three train companies have been affected - Southeastern, East Midlands and First Capital Connect.

Trains are unable to run between St Pancras International and Luton on East Midlands services.

First Capital Connect is also suspended between West Hampstead and Bedford.

And Southeastern trains are suspended between Denmark Hill and Kentish Town.