Beds, Herts & Bucks

Disruption after Radlett rail cable failure enters third day

Damage to near Radlett Station in Hertfordshire
Image caption The overhead cables came down near Radlett station in Hertfordshire

Rail travellers in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and parts of the east Midlands are facing continued delays to services to and from London.

More than half a mile of overhead cable came down near Radlett in Hertfordshire on Wednesday and Network Rail has not been able to complete repairs.

Services are expected to return to normal over the weekend.

The train companies affected are First Capital Connect (FCC), East Midlands Trains and Southeastern.

Network Rail, which operates the UK's rail infrastructure, carried out half the repairs by Thursday morning to open two of the four lines between Bedford and London St Pancras.

First Capital Connect said Network Rail, had "hit a few issues".

Image caption Network Rail is conducting a "detailed forensic investigation" at Radlett

First Capital Connect said on Friday afternoon that its services were starting to return to normal, but that there would be "residual delays and alterations".

Spokesman Paul Oxley said: "It's not a great situation for our customers and I heartily apologise for the disruption they have faced for the best part of this week."

Network Rail said all four lines were open, with three lines open to electric trains.

One was open to diesel trains only but final repairs to this line were due to be carried out on Saturday night.

A revised First Capital Connect service will run between 22:45 GMT on Saturday and 08:20 on Sunday, after which a normal service will run.

Martin Frobisher, route managing director at Network Rail, said: "We advise passengers to check with their train company or National Rail Enquiries for up-to-the-minute service information."

Mr Frobisher had earlier said the company was "sorry for all the delays" and would be doing a "detailed forensic investigation" to find out what had happened, which could take up to three months.

The East Midlands Trains website said: "We are pleased to announce that a full normal timetable is now in operation to / from London."

Southeastern was reporting no delays to its services on the line.

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