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Further delays expected on East Coast main line

Rail passengers due to use the East Coast main line are being urged to delay their travel after an overhead wire problem prompted huge disruption to the service at the end of the bank holiday weekend.

A spokesman for the rail provider said the problems were likely to cause further delays at the start of service tomorrow.

Network Rail engineers have been working through the night to restore the overhead power lines, however, it is currently unlikely that this work will be completed in time for the start of this morning's services. As a consequence, East Coast trains are expected to be severely restricted, and cancellations are likely throughout the day.

Customers are advised to defer travel until later in the day, or alternatively, to travel tomorrow if possible. Tickets dated for travel on Monday or Tuesday will be valid for travel on Wednesday and customers are advised to try to travel as close as possible to their original booked time.

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East Coast passengers complain of 8-hour delays

Passengers aboard trains on the East Coast main line have complained of delays of around eight hours after severe disruptions hit the service.


Passengers suffer severe rail delays into London

Passengers on the East Coast mainline have reported eight-hour delays. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Archive

Rail commuters heading into London following the bank holiday are facing severe delays on one of the UK's key train routes.

Overhead wire problems between Peterborough and Stevenage caused extensive disruption to services on the East Coast main line heading into London King's Cross yesterday and engineers worked through the night to repair the damage.

The problems have affected a number of train operators who have warned passengers the issue will continue throughout today, with severe delays and cancellations.

Sat nav leaves articulated lorry wedged in country lane

An articulated lorry driver got stuck down a narrow country lane after following his sat nav - forcing a road to close for two hours.

A lorry driver got his truck stuck down a narrow country lane after following his sat nav, said police. Credit: PA

Officers from Hertfordshire Police arrived to find the vehicle wedged across a tight three-way rural junction between two high hedges in the village of Watton-at-Stone, near Stevenage, yesterday.

A specialist recovery vehicle was called to deal with the problem.

"Sat navs are amazing pieces of technology - don't always trust them," read a tweet from the force's East Hertfordshire rural police team.

Police want to trace man over teen's disappearance

Detectives from Hertfordshire Police are urgently seeking to trace 22-year-old Jack Wall in connection with the disappearance of Amelia Arnold, who was last seen on Wednesday.

Jack Wall, 22, from Stevenage, who is being sought by officers. Credit: PA Wire

Wall, of Hadrian's Walk, Stevenage, has been urged to hand himself in to police, who have also issued an appeal for sightings of a Citroen Berlingo van as part of their inquiry.

Police fear woman, 19, has been murdered

Amelia Arnold, who detectives fear has been murdered. Credit: PA Wire

Detectives have named a missing 19-year-old woman - who police fear has been murdered - as Amelia Arnold.

Police and scene-of-crime specialists are examining a property in Hadrian's Walk in Stevenage.

Witnesses who may have seen suspicious activity at the address between Wednesday and Friday are also being asked to come forward.