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London Euston disruption after weekend wire damage

TRAIN services are still being disrupted at London Euston this morning, after a kilometre of overhead line was brought down between North Wembley and South Kenton stations on the West Coast Main Line.

Repairs are taking longer than usual because of the extent of the damage, and are being carried out each night. London Euston has been closed between 21.00 and 06.00 so that engineers can have the access they need.

The damage appears to have occurred on the down fast line, but the cause is not yet known. During the day the West Coast Main Line has been reopened, but only for diesel trains on the line affected, and some services are being cancelled or delayed.

James Dean is director for the West Coast Mainline South route of Network Rail. Speaking last night, he said: ‘Repairing 1,000 metres of wires is a significant job, which is why we need to stop trains running earlier than usual this evening to allow our engineers to do their work and minimise disruption to passenger services tomorrow.

‘We advise passengers travelling on the West Coast Main Line to check before they travel at National Rail Enquiries or with their train operator.’

Network Rail also warned that the repairs are likely to continue tonight as well, and that passengers should continue to check how their train is running until tomorrow.

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