Trains ground to a halt on the East Coast Main Line on Tuesday causing delays and cancellations affecting hundreds of passengers.
Overhead wire damage at Retford saw the line blocked between that station and Doncaster from about 3.30pm. A Virgin train caught in the cables is stuck on the line.
This has affected both Grand Central services between London Kings Cross and Sunderland, and Virgin Trains East Coast between London Kings Cross and Leeds/Edinburgh.
Trains between these stations are being cancelled, diverted or subject to long delays. Virgin Trains East Coast revealed at 5pm that the line is unlikely to reopen today.
— Virgin Trains EC (@Virgin_TrainsEC) September 6, 2016
National Rail engineers are at the scene of the damage.
A statement from National Rail issued at 5.10pm explained the scale of the problem:
Journeys between these stations will be delayed by up to 120 minutes.
Trains will be diverted or cancelled. Disruption is expected to continue until the end of the day.
Buses are now running between Retford and Doncaster.
Buses have also been requested to run between Peterborough and York, though there is currently no estimate as to when they will be made available.
There has been extensive damage caused to the overhead wires. As a result, all lines through the affected area are currently closed.
Passengers were advised to look for alternative travel options. Tickets from the affected Virgin and Grand Central trains were being accepted on other operators’ services.
You can see all the options on the National Rail website here.
Frustration among passengers
Many passengers tweeted out how the disruption was hampering their ability to get anywhere:
— The Pig & Pastry (@Thepigandpastry) September 6, 2016
— (((SAE))) (@palimpsest22) September 6, 2016
On delayed 13.57 York to Kings Cross – please save passengers from man with the boom box who is walking through the train.
— Tyler (@tjh_ty) September 6, 2016
@Virgin_TrainsEC on the 14:00 Kings Cross to York. Website still says on time. Any idea of when we can move?
— Adam Reeves (@AdamReeves93) September 6, 2016
@Virgin_TrainsEC am I going to get home for dinner tonight? Stuck between York and Doncaster
— Rob (@rob_n14) September 6, 2016