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Police appeal to catch rail vandals in Darlington

British Transport Police is appealing for information following an act of vandalism close to Darlington railway station, which caused massive delays on the rail network yesterday.

A trackside cable was set on fire causing a total loss of signalling.

It happened shortly after 4pm on Friday and caused severe disruption to passenger services on the East Coast Mainline.

Trains could not run between York and Newcastle via Darlington for several hours.

“The area in question is known locally as 5 Arch Bridge and is situated one mile north of Darlington railway station. At first we thought the signalling failure was caused by a fault to a generator however, following further investigations, we now believe that this was a deliberate act and I am urging anyone who was in the area that may have seen anything suspicious to get in touch with us on 0800 40 50 40 or text us discreetly on 61016 quoting crime reference number 358 of 04/09/15.”

– Detective Inspector Mick Dawes, British Transport Police


TRAVEL: Lines reopened but disruption expected until end of service

Virgin Trains East Coast says all lines affected by signalling problems at Darlington have reopened but disruption is expected until the end of service.

The disruption has been caused by a signalling problem at Darlington. Network Rail says the signalling problem is due to vandalism.

Trains have not been running between York and Newcastle via Darlignton. Some trains have been diverted via Sunderland.

Tickets dated today will be accepted on services tomorrow. Passengers will be allowed to travel with any rail company through the affected area.


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Weather: Friday

Pennine Way Credit: Tracey Laing

Generally rather cloudy with a few light showers, although some bright or sunny intervals are also likely before rain returns towards evening.

Winds easing but feeling cool.

Maximum Temperature 14°C.

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