Network Rail have informed passengers disruption is to take place this weekend after issues between London and Milton Keynes.
A signal fault has been reported in the area surrounding Cheddington, which has been identified as a cabling fault that has also compromised the overhead wires. First reports of issues emerged around 11am this morning (21/05).
In response to this, Network Rail have confirmed engineers have been sent to urgently work to repair problems with cabling.
The complexity of the fault means fewer trains can currently use the West Coast main line.
While Avanti West Coast and London Northwestern Railway are expecting to be able to run more trains in and out of London Euston tomorrow, it is still anticipated to be fewer than usual.
As part of their advice to rail passengers, other train operators are accepting tickets today (21/05) so passengers can get to where they need to be on alternative routes.
Anyone planning to travel by rail between London Euston and Milton Keynes this weekend (22-23 May) is advised to check nationalrail.co.uk for the latest travel information before they set off to make sure their train is running.
James Dean, Network Rail’s West Coast South route director, said, “We’re sorry to passengers that we’re unable to give them the train service they deserve today. Our engineers are working as fast as they can to fix the damage to signals – the traffic lights of the railway – at Milton Keynes. Fewer trains than usual will be running over the weekend so I’d urge anyone planning to travel on the West Coast main line to please check National Rail Enquiries so they know what to expect.”
Lawrence Bowman, customer experience director for London Northwestern Railway, said, “I would like to thank passengers for their patience while Network Rail work to fix the signalling issues currently affecting services to and from London Euston.
“I would urge our customers to check their train is running before travelling to the station and consider travelling later or via alternative routes if their service is impacted.”