Hunts trains paralysed by further wire damage - passengers trapped in carriages

TRAIN services on the East Coast main line have been suspended following further damage to overhead wires north of Huntingdon station. All three tracks are affected.

Train operator First Capital Connect said a train had brought down wires this morning just half an hour after the route had been handed back by Network Rail after repairs to previous damage.

Passengers had been taken off the train that brought the wires down, but FCC had now arranged for a fleet of buses to ferry passengers round the disruption.

By late morning the rail service had been restored between Biggleswade and Kings Cross, with the hope of extending to St Neots by early afternoon and to Huntingdon in time for the evening peak.

In the meantime traffic is at a standstill between Biggleswade and Peterborough, with a number of other trains and several hundred passengers trapped. Long-distance operator East Coast said its services had been suspended for the rest of the day.

Infrastructure operator Network Rail said the priority was to get passengers off the stranded trains, so there was no estimate of when engineering crews would start re-stringing the overhead wiring. Disruption is expected for the rest of today.

This website will be updated as more information becomes available.