Rail services from Huntingdon and St Neots to resume

First Capital Connect train

First Capital Connect train - Credit: Archant

A FULL train service is expected to run from Huntingdon and St Neots today (Thursday, February 21) after Network Rail carried out overnight repairs to broken electrical wires.

Passengers faced huge delays yesterday after approximately one kilometre of overhead wire collapsed between Peterborough and Biggleswade, with many trains cancelled.

However this morning First Capital Connect (FCC), which runs trains between Peterborough and London King’s Cross, said: “Network Rail have informed us that they expect to have made sufficient repairs by 6am Thursday for us to gradually return to a near normal timetable.

“We will be running rail replacement buses until then and maintaining them in a state of readiness for the rest of the morning in case they should be needed.”

Another statement on the rail operator’s website says it aims to resume a full timetable to and from Peterborough today.

“However as speed restrictions are in place near St Neots, there will be some delays of up to 30 minutes,” the statement said.

“Please be advised that short notice alterations and cancellations may apply due to restricted track access.”

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At present two of the four lines between Biggleswade and Peterborough have reopened to diesel services operated by East Coast, Grand Central and First Hull Trains. FCC tickets are being accepted on these trains.

Some East Coast trains are making additional stops at Huntingdon and there are two FCC electric trains per hour in each direction between Biggleswade and London.

A spokesman for FCC said: “We know how frustrating this on-going disruption is for our customers and we are doing everything we possibly can to keep them informed and connected to the transport network.

“Once again, I would like to apologise on behalf of First Capital Connect for the disruption our customers have experienced today.”