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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.”
Most places will have a dry day with some sunshine. Isolated light showers possible mainly along the coast.
Winds will be cold and fairly strong in exposure at first, but should tend to ease so it should feel quite pleasant in the sunshine. Highs 14°C.
Virgin Trains East Coast says all lines affected by signalling problems at Darlington have reopened but disruption is expected until the end of service.
#VTECUpdate All lines have reopened following tonights vandalism, however the knock-on effect will cause disruption 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.
Major disruption on CrossCountry at Darlington due to signalling problem. Trains cannot run between York and Newcastle via Darlington. Some trains are being diverted via Sunderland with journeys times extended by up to 90 minutes. A very limited road replacement transport service is available between York and Newcastle.
Predominantly dry over the coming few days with variable cloud & some sunshine. Cool start but daytime temperatures should recover a littleRead the full story ›
On September 9, Her Majesty the Queen will have reigned for 63 years and 217 days making her the longest-serving monarch in British History.
To mark this occasion, we'd like to celebrate the reign of Queen Elizabeth II by sharing your memories of her.
If you have footage you filmed of the Queen during one of her many visits to our region over the last six decades, then we'd like you to get in touch.
Perhaps you have photos or video of the day the Queen came to your school, town or workplace?
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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