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London Midland warns delays could run into the weekend

London Midland warns delays could run into the weekend Credit: London Midland

London Midland is warning passengers to expect delays and disruption to services for the rest of the day and into the weekend after a train derailed at Watford Junction.

The London Midland train hit a landslip, caused by torrential rain, this morning (16 September).

The 06:19 from Milton Keynes Central to London Euston, remained upright but came into contact with the 06:34 Euston to Birmingham New Street service inside Watford tunnel.

All of the passengers have now been rescued but the two damaged trains remain on the tracks.

London Midland’s passenger services director, Tom Joyner, said

Our priority is to look after our customers. For the rest of today we are working hard to run the best service we can. But with just half the number of tracks available, and trains and train crew in the wrong place, the evening peak in and out of Euston will be challenging.

We won’t be able to run a full service until the damaged trains can be moved and Network Rail can repair the track.

I would like to apologise to our passengers for the disruption but I would also like to praise everyone who has shown such great patience and understanding today.

London Midland is advising passengers to travel on alternative routes to and from the capital for the rest of the day. Ticket acceptance has been arranged with other train companies for the remainder of Friday.

For the rest of the weekend the advice is to check before you travel as some journeys will be retimed and may take longer than normal.

– Tom Joyner

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