Rail services back to normal after chaos

SERVICES for rail commuters to London were expected to be back to normal service today after power failures crippled the network.Direct services between East Anglia and London were scrapped yesterday after all four lines heading for the region out of Liverpool Street Station were paralysed.

SERVICES for rail commuters to London were expected to be back to normal service today after power failures crippled the network.

Direct services between East Anglia and London were scrapped yesterday after all four lines heading for the region out of Liverpool Street Station were paralysed.

Passengers were hit by delays of up to three hours as the problem was dealt with and alternative routes found. The troubles were made worse by a strike by London Underground workers, which led to a total shutdown of The Tube.

Railtrack engineers spent yesterday trying to solve the troubles in order to restore a full service and by 5.30pm the network was back to normal.


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A spokeswoman hoped that the problem would not affect commuters travelling today.

She said: "The track has been restored and I am not aware of any major backlog. There should not be any delays from what I have been told."

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Yesterday's troubles began at about 9am when a 100-yard section of overhead power cables came down between Liverpool Street and Bethnal Green.

Railtrack said an empty passenger train was heading for sidings shortly before the incident happened, with the power line tumbling on the track behind the carriages.

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