News from East Midlands Trains

28.10.2013

EAST MIDLANDS TRAINS ANTICIPATES RUNNING A NORMAL SERVICE TOMORROW

* Train company hopeful that services will be restored between Bedford and London St Pancras on Tuesday 29 October

* Network Rail engineers to work overnight to repair storm damage to overhead wires  

* All other local East Midlands Trains services to continue to run as normal for the rest of today (Monday 28 October)

* Customers with Advance Purchase tickets for Monday 28 October can travel on 29 October or 30 October or get a refund

* Passengers advised to check the latest travel information and allow extra time for journeys

* Latest advice at www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk and on Twitter @EMTrains

East Midlands Trains is advising passengers that it anticipates running a normal timetable in and out of London St Pancras station from the start of service tomorrow (Tuesday 29 October) following disruption caused by stormy conditions across the south of the country earlier today.

Network Rail has advised that its engineers will work throughout the night to repair damage  to overhead lines in the Radlett area as it aims to ensure that train services can be restored in the morning. Provided this work is completed on time, East Midlands Trains plans to run a full train service tomorrow.

However, for the remainder of today (Monday 28 October), East Midlands Trains will not run any trains in or out of London St Pancras, with a reduced train service starting and terminating at Bedford. As a result, the train company is advising passengers not to attempt to travel to London until tomorrow (Tuesday 29 October). All other local East Midlands Trains services are running as normal.

Customers with Advance Purchase tickets dated Monday 28 October may travel on Tuesday 29 October or Wednesday 30 October or are entitled to a refund.

All customers are advised to check the latest travel information and allow extra time for their journeys.  The latest up-to-date advice for customers is available at www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk and on Twitter @EMTrains.

Phil Verster, Route Managing Director for Network Rail, said: “I thank passengers for their patience as our engineers deal with the damage caused by this morning’s storms.  East Midlands services are not running on the Midland Main Line south of Bedford as an external electrical supply cable has come down onto our overhead lines at Napsbury, North of Radlett.  We are working with the power company to make this safe and clear the tracks as quickly as possible.   

“Our engineering teams will be out all night to fix the damage to the overhead lines and we hope to be able to run a full service from 0500 tomorrow (Tuesday).”

A spokesman for East Midlands Trains said: "We are sorry for the disruption our customers have faced today. Network Rail engineers will be working throughout the night to make the necessary repairs for us to restore our trains services to London - provided that repair work can be completed on time, we hope to run a full timetable across our network from tomorrow morning.

"The storm earlier today has impacted rail networks across the country. We would like to thank our passengers for their patience during what has been a challenging situation and we continue to advise customers to plan ahead by checking the latest travel information before they leave for the station.