Rush hour rail disruption between Peterborough and London

Commuters on trains through Peterborough faced Friday rush-hour disruption due to a fault with the signalling system

Commuters on trains through Peterborough faced Friday rush-hour disruption due to a fault with the signalling system - Credit: Nigel Spreadborough/Locations Photography

A signal failure between London and Peterborough which caused Friday evening rush hour disruption has ended.

A fault with the signalling system between Hitchin and Peterborough broke out at around 3pm today (Friday, May 13).

Railway firms announced that the disruption was fixed at around 6.20pm.

A National Rail statement read: "Disruption is expected until end of the day.

"Lines have reopened following a fault with the signalling system at Peterborough.

"Whilst service recovers, trains running through these stations may still be cancelled or delayed by up to 50 minutes."

The fault impacted Thameslink, Great Northern, LNER, Lumo, Grand Central and Hull Trains between London King's Cross or London St Pancras and Peterborough.

East Midlands Railway and CrossCountry passengers faced disruption throughout the network, with delays at Norwich, Ely, Nottingham and in Lincolnshire.

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A Thameslink spokesperson said: "The fault has been resolved, and trains are able to run through the area as normal. 

"We're working hard to return to our scheduled timetable, but your journey may still be delayed."

LNER, Thameslink, Great Northern and other rail routes through Peterborough were hit by a signalling problem

LNER, Thameslink, Great Northern and other rail routes through Peterborough were hit by a signalling problem - Credit: Jane Barlow/PA

At 6.50pm, passengers faced disruption in the Stevenage area following a trespass incident, which impacted Thameslink, Great Northern, LNER and Lumo routes.

A National Rail spokesperson said at the time: "Due to trespassers on the railway between London Kings Cross and Stevenage, trains running between these stations may be cancelled or delayed by up to 30 minutes.

"Disruption expected until 7.45pm."

Some Great Northern routes were impacted by an earlier signal failure at Peterborough

Some Great Northern routes were impacted by an earlier signal failure at Peterborough - Credit: Will Durrant

Following the signal failure, ticket acceptance was in place between multiple train operators, according to National Rail.

Passengers with Thameslink tickets could travel on Great Northern routes, and vice-versa.

Passengers with LNER tickets could travel on:

  • Avanti West Coast between London Euston and Manchester
  • East Midlands Railway between London St Pancras International and Sheffield
  • Great Northern between London Kings Cross and Stevenage/Peterborough
  • Northern between Sheffield and Leeds
  • Thameslink between London Kings Cross and Stevenage/Peterborough
  • TransPennine Express between Manchester and Leeds
  • Tyne and Wear Metro for Sunderland, where trains have terminated early at Newcastle

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