Rail commuters using one of London's busiest lines were forced to exit the train earlier today and walk along the tracks.
Overhead wire problems on the East Coast Main Line caused hours of delay for thousands of passengers coming in and out of King's Cross, just 12 hours after the same thing happened last night. Russell Hookey reports.
King's Cross station was full of commuters on Monday night, after delays caused by overhead wire problems between Stevenage and Hitchin.
Soon after 2.30pm yesterday damage was found to overhead power cables on three lines around Hitchin. This damage was confined to the wire itself and not the structures, but was significant enough that we had to stop traffic through the area.
By 6.30pm we had two lines through Hitchin open allowing limited services to run. The route to Cambridge remained blocked, although passengers from London were and are able to reach the town via Liverpool Street.
From 1am to 5.30am we had just one line open through the affected area, with diversions via Hertford, while the damaged wire was replaced.
– Network Rail
We handed the line back at 6.3am and when the first train went through at 6.54am, further damage was found.
The nature of the damage means we have had to close all lines through Hitchin and we are continuing to repair the problem and investigate the cause.
Network Rail would like to apologise for the disruption to people's journeys during this period and we are working hard to fix the problem.
Please do check with your train operator before travelling as there are diversions in place.
Disruption on First Capital Connect between Cambridge and King's Cross, between Peterborough and King's Cross and between Letchworth Garden City and Moorgatedue to overhead wire problems between Stevenage and Hitchin. Tickets being accepted on London Underground and Greater Anglia services.
Shuttle trains run Letchworth - Cambridge, Biggleswade - Peterborough and Welywn Garden City - King's Cross. Buses run Welwyn Garden City - Letchworth / Biggleswade, Stevenage - Hertford North / Luton Airport Parkway.
Rail commuters using on one of London's busiest lines were forced to exit the train this morning and walk along the track.
Further overhead wire problems were found on the East Coast Main Line in Hertfordshire which meant trains were unable to run between Stevenage and Hitchin.
Train companies were hoping to put buses on to operate between Letchworth/Biggleswade and Stevenage.
The continuing problem, which had led to hours-long delays to evening rush-hour commuters yesterday, affected passengers with four train companies - East Coast, First Capital Connect, First Hull Trains and Grand Central.