Updated – Trains running again on East Coast Mainline after York cable problems caused major delays

2 Dec 2019 @ 3.38 pm
| Transport

After a bad day on the railway the East Coast Mainline has fully reopened.

Trains were brought to a halt on the line due to damage to the overhead electric cables north of York.

Fire crews are assisting rail workers to fix the problem and evacuate stranded trains. People were urged not to travel.

At 3.23pm train company LNER tweeted: “We do not have anything moving north of York at the moment.” Its advice:

  • Due to severe damage to the overhead electric lines north of York, all lines are blocked.

    Customers are advised to defer travel to tomorrow.

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Fire crews and engineers have been called in to fix the problem. Photograph: Fire station manager Tony Walker
LNER said trains would be cancelled, delayed by up to 70 minutes or revised.

Many stranded passenger were tweeting that their trains were at a standstill and they were trying to work out how they might complete their journeys.

The lines finally reopened around 7.45pm.

The damaged cables. Photograph: Grand Central Rail on Twitter

While the disruption continued, coaches were laid on to run between York and Newcastle directed. Passengers who deferred travel from today (2 December) can use their tickets tomorrow (3 December).

You can find the latest travel advice from LNER here.