Railway travel chaos

Thousand of commuters will be affected by a cable that collapsed on key route in and out of London.

The collapse means that many trains to and from the capital have been cancelled.

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Network Rail Service update

Following damage to more than 1km ofoverhead line equipment at St Neots around 22.00 on Tuesday 19 Feb ourengineers have been working to restore the best possible service forpassengers. Trains are running through the area although the extent of the damagemeans this is a reduced service.

A Network Rail sign at their headquarters in London today
A Network Rail sign at their headquarters in London today Credit: PA

Engineers will return to site at 22.00 tonight(Wed 20 Feb) and carry out complex repairs which will allow a full railservices to resume from 6am. This means no trains will run through the line atSt Neots from 22.00 to 06.00.

Today (Wed 20 Feb) - Two of the four lines areopen until 22.00 allowing a limited service to run. East Coast services arestopping additionally at Huntingdon and Peterborough to allow First CapitalConnect passengers to make connections.

"Passengers are advised to check with theirtrain operator or @nationalrailenq."

'Basic mistake' are hitting London's railway services

Passengers are suffering from poor managementand "basic operational planning mistakes" on the railways, a reportby rail regulators said today.

Covering Network Rail's performance, the reportsaid that punctuality on long-distance and London commuter services was"well adrift of funded targets".

There was "deteriorating performance on keyparts of the rail network in England and Wales" but a strong performancein Scotland, the report from the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) said.

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Delays 'unlikely to be sorted before tonight's rush hour'

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Kings Cross chaos is unlikely to be sorted before this evening's rush hour. @itvlondon

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Northbound passengers face a First Capital Connect shuttle to Biggleswade, bus to Peterborough and then another train. @itvlondon

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Network Rail says repairs to the overhead lines at Biggleswade are unlikely to be complete before tomorrow. @itvlondon

Departures from King's Cross facing cancellation

A large number of departures from London's Kings Cross have been cancelled this morning.

This morning's delays come after thousands of rail commuters struggled to get home because of an electrical supply problem last night.

The departure board at King's Cross shows a large number of cancellations this morning
The departure board at King's Cross shows a large number of cancellations this morning Credit: King's Cross