News from East Midlands Trains

13.02.2013

Overhead wire problems causing major delays to train services between London and Luton

  •  Trains currently unable to run between London and Luton 
  • Delays expected to last for the rest of the day 
  • Network Rail engineers working to resolve the problem 
  • East Midlands Trains tickets dated today will also be valid for use tomorrow 
East Midlands Trains services to and from London St Pancras continue to be severely disrupted as a result of overhead wire problems in the Radlett area.
 
As a result, no trains are currently able to operate between London St Pancras and Luton.     Passengers are advised not to travel to or from St Pancras and are strongly advised to use alternative routes to/from other major London terminal stations or delay their travel until Thursday 14 February if possible. Journey times using alternative routes are likely to be extended by approximately 90 minutes. 
East Midlands Trains has pledged that tickets that have not been used today will be valid for use tomorrow (Thursday 14 February). 
Network Rail engineers are working to repair the overhead wire problems, which are also affecting other train operators in the area. 
Passengers are advised of the following information: 
  • Trains will be unable to run between Luton and London St Pancras International for the rest of the day 
  • Buses are running between Wellingborough and Northampton to connect with London Midland services between Northampton and London Euston 

Ticket acceptance 

East Midlands Trains passengers may use the following services via any reasonable routes: 
  •  East Coast trains between Doncaster / Leeds and London Kings Cross (use other trains between Doncaster and Sheffield) 
  • CrossCountry trains between Derby and Birmingham New Street (to connect with trains to and from London Euston), Leicester and Peterborough (to connect with trains to and from London Kings Cross) and also between Doncaster and Sheffield 
  • Alternative East Midlands Trains services between Nottingham and Grantham to connect with East Coast trains between Grantham and London Kings Cross 
  • Buses are running between Wellingborough and Northampton to connect with Virgin Trains and London Midland services to and from London Euston 
  • Buses are running between Corby and Kettering 
  • London Midland services between Bedford and Bletchley and also between Bletchley and London Euston 
  • Virgin Trains services between Manchester and London Euston 
A spokesperson for East Midlands Trains said: "We would like to apologise to passengers for the severe disruption to our services today as a result of an overhead wire problem which has resulted in trains being unable to operate between London St Pancras and Luton.  We now expect this disruption to continue for the rest of the day. 
“Network Rail engineers are on site and, subject to work being completed, we are hopeful that we will be able to resume services tomorrow.  Passengers are advised to check for updates in advance of travel at nationalrail.co.uk or via the East Midlands Trains website." 
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