Train passengers face three more days of rail disruption while engineers tackle cable damage

"Who wants to spend 50 minutes standing outside a train station?" Watch Simon Harris' report from Paddington station on Tuesday

Rail disruption due to damaged overhead wires will continue until the end of Saturday.

Work to fix the wires at Stevenage, Hertfordshire, will take place on Saturday night, National Rail Enquiries said.

Great Northern and Thameslink services will continue to be cancelled and delayed until that happens as some lines remain closed, limiting the number of trains that can run through Stevenage station.

This is affecting services on several routes, including those connecting London King’s Cross with Brighton, Cambridge and Peterborough.

The severe damage to wires in Stevenage happened on Tuesday afternoon when it's understood a person dangled an object onto them from a bridge.

In addition to disrupting Great Northern and Thameslink services, the incident initially also affected long-distance LNER trains serving locations on the East Coast Main Line.

Services at London Paddington station returned to normal on Wednesday afternoon after three days of delays and cancellations caused by damage to overhead wires in the area around Hayes & Harlington station.

The wires were damaged on Monday morning, ruining the journeys of thousands of mourners travelling to the capital for the Queen’s funeral.

The cause of the damage is being investigated.

Several trains became entangled in the wires.

Network Rail said on Wednesday morning that a “separate issue” meant one of the four lines serving Paddington was closed, causing more delays to Elizabeth line, Great Western Railway and Heathrow Express services.

The problem was later rectified.

All four lines serving Paddington reopened on Tuesday morning after a 27-hour suspension, but the wires were only working above two of them.

Commuters are facing severe disruption due to overhead wire damage Credit: PA/ James Manning

The damage meant a day of mayhem for mourners who travelled to London for the Queen’s funeral.

The problem caused thousands of mourners to miss the funeral service or to resort to watching it on phones in carriages and on platforms.

Passengers are facing more travel disruption in October when two days of train strikes are set to go ahead.

Rail union Aslef confirmed on Tuesday that drivers at 12 companies are set to walk out on 1 October and 5 October in a long-running dispute over pay, jobs and conditions.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union said its members at Network Rail and 14 train operators will also strike on October 1.

It is likely to affect travel to and from major events including the London Marathon and the Conservative party conference and will likely affect football fans travelling to watch Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday 1 October.

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