Major delays on West Coast main line quickly fixed

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Rail travel on the West Coast main line was disrupted on 7 October 2020 after a stretch of signalling, miles long, lost power between Milton Keynes and Watford junction in the early hours of the morning,

Network Rail engineers suspected a communications fault. Train services on the West Coast main line were severely disrupted and the likelihood was that this would last all day. Passengers were advised not to travel.

Phil Barnes, operations director at Network Rail, said: “I’m sorry passengers journeys won’t go as planned today. We have lost power on six miles of railway in the Leighton Buzzard area, which means that most services in and out of Euston will be cancelled.

“We’re working quick time to get this fixed and services back up and running as quickly as possible, so passengers can travel as normal. Please check National Rail Enquiries before travelling today.”

However, by around 09:30 the problem was fixed and services could resume, although the knock-on effect would continue to delay services.