Cable theft causes more rail delays


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Rail and Tube travellers endured rush-hour delays today, with yet another cable theft to blame for one of the disruptions.

The theft at Hessle, near Hull in East Yorkshire, resulted in signalling problems which caused delays to trains between Hull and Doncaster/Selby.

This affected passengers travelling on services run by the East Coast, First Hull Trains, First TransPennine Express and Northern Rail train companies.

There were delays of up to 60 minutes to journeys on CrossCountry and First Great Western (FGW) services between Plymouth and Penzance today after a train broke down at Hayle in Cornwall.

CrossCountry and FGW services were also affected by a signalling problem at Reading West in Berkshire which caused delays between Reading and Newbury/Basingstoke.

On London Underground, a signal failure at Queen's Park in north west London led to the suspension of the Bakerloo line between Queen's Park and Paddington and to severe delays on the rest of the line during the morning rush-hour.

Yesterday, rush-hour Tube travellers had to contend with a signal problem during the morning peak on the Jubilee line which led to a part suspension of the line between West Ham and London Bridge.

There were also minor delays today on the District line between Earl's Court and Wimbledon due to an earlier faulty train at West Brompton.