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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

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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

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.