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Rail disruption for passengers in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire

Thousands of rail passengers in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire are facing massive disruption after a cable fire at the weekend.

Cancellations and delays are expected all day. It follows a fire on the mainline into Marylebone. Signalling problems mean the station has closed.

Services will only run to Harrow and Ruislip with passengers then being forced to use London Underground services. Chiltern are asking passengers only to use services if they have to.

Passengers from Banbury, Bicester, Aylesbury, Princess Risborough, Wendover and Haddenham and Thame will be among the worst hit.

TRAVEL - TRAINS: Chiltern line Marylebone station shut

The closure of Marylebone station in London remains in place following a cable fire. A statement from Chiltern Railways explaining the problem said:

"Around 2 metres of signalling cable in the tunnel into the station has burned away meaning the signalling system is not working.

"Without signals we cannot safely run trains, so are not running to or from Marylebone until new cables are installed and tested. We are not sure how long this will take, but we may not be able to run until Monday morning.

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Major disruption on Chiltern line into London

Chiltern Railways report major problems with no services running into Marylebone in London this morning because of a fire which has hit the entire signing system on the line.

Marylebone is closed. The problems could continue until tomorrow.

Services will start at Harrow or Ruislip with major delays and cancellations.

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Tube strike causes delays for South's commuters

Train passengers from across the South East have been facing Credit: Joshua Coupe
London Waterloo was crammed full of delayed passengers Credit: Joshua Coupe
Tube strikes have meant major delays for the South's commuters Credit: Joshua Coupe
Tube strikes have caused problems for commuters Credit: Joshua Coupe
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PM: Unacceptable that millions are disrupted by strike

David Cameron described travel disruption caused by the Underground strike in the capital as "unacceptable" on Twitter.

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Thousands 'keeping London working' during strike

Thousands of staff and volunteers are working hard to keep the capital working during the "pointless" Tube strike, London Underground said.

TfL said the Victoria line was now running fully with the Central line running to Holborn and the Jubilee line running through from Wembley Park to Stratford.

London Underground managing director Mike Brown said:

Thousands of staff and volunteers are working hard this morning to keep London working and our customers informed in the face of this pointless strike.

More London Underground staff have come to work this morning than during the strike back in February, and a record number of London buses are operating.

A Transport for London spokesman said the RMT could not "claim a shut down in any sense of the word."

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London Bridge station at a standstill during strike

Passengers formed long queues in London Bridge underground station on the first morning of the Tube strike.

Commuters have been told to expect severe disruption, with TfL advising passengers to plan ahead.

Many Londonders have attempted to avoid the Tube with long queues for buses and black taxis reported around the capital.

Passengers form long queues in the station. Credit: PA
London Underground workers have gone on strike in a row over ticket office closures. Credit: PA
Passengers wait outside London Bridge underground station. Credit: PA
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'Total chaos created for people just trying to work'

A 48-hour Tube strike has created "total chaos" for Londoners just trying to get to work, one commuter has said.

Emily Toner told ITV London that she was forced to hire a Boris bike because of the crowds at Liverpool Street station:

When arriving at Liverpool Street at the Tube, I discovered the gates were still not open so I resorted to using a Boris bike to get into work.

Total chaos has been caused to good people just trying to get to work.

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