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Five days after heatwave meltdown… misery goes on for thousands of commuters

Tens of thousands of rail commuters suffered additional delays and cancellations nowadays as services and products to London have been nonetheless recuperating from a cable meltdown.

The disruption was once compounded by way of a team of workers scarcity on some other ways utilized by employees whose common services and products have been hit after overhead energy traces melted in closing week’s document warmth.

Thameslink services and products have been once more cancelled and behind schedule. 

Travellers who have been prompt to make use of selection Great Northern services and products into London have been informed of cancelled and overdue trains as a result of there weren’t sufficient team of workers to run them. 

The cables got here down on the Midland Main Line — additionally utilized by Thameslink — between St Pancras and Bedford.

Network Rail (NR) engineers once more labored during the evening restoring the cables however by way of the morning height there have been nonetheless cancellations and delays to the through-London provider, one of the busiest in the United Kingdom, wearing 150,000 passengers an afternoon on quite a lot of routes serving Brighton, Littlehampton, Bedford, Peterborough and Cambridge. 

Passengers have been informed: “After further repair from NR overnight all lines are back open for trains to run as normal. Some services are still experiencing delays due to the congestion built up in the area.”

Just prior to 9am, NR stated: “All traces have now absolutely reopened on the Midland Main Line following closing week’s injury to overhead wires after ultimate upkeep have been performed during the evening.

“We’d love to thank passengers for bearing with us whilst we performed this crucial paintings. 

“However, even if the traces reopened it nonetheless takes some whilst for a complete educate timetable to go back.” 

Because of the ongoing issues on Thameslink, tickets have been nonetheless being authorized on Southern, Great Northern, East Midlands Trains, South Western Railway, Southeastern and London Underground on “reasonable” other ways. 

But there have been extra issues for commuters the use of Great Northern on services and products to and from Moorgate and King’s Cross as a result of of a team of workers scarcity. Disruption was once anticipated to closing all day, hitting trips house this night time. 

Both Thameslink and Great Northern are owned by way of GTR, which additionally runs the Gatwick Express and Southern. The operator has been condemned for a host of screw ups with calls for it to be stripped of its franchise. A spokesman stated: “Some train services running across the Great Northern network will be affected by a short-term unavailability of train crew today.”

Trains which did function have been operating with delays of as much as 30 mins.

Last week’s heatwave noticed a UK document temperature of 38.7C recorded at Cambridge Botanic Gardens. Heavy overhead cables sagged within the warmth, shedding touch with the roof-mounted gadgets on trains that attach them to energy.

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