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East Lancashire trains cancelled after cable fault
RAIL users faced severe delays after a cable fault brought trains to a standstill and cancelled services.
Six trains were cancelled and passengers faced long delays before the repairs, on the line near Burnley, were finished yesterday morning.
The signalling problems on the line, which runs between Preston and Hebden Bridge, meant all trains were stopped for a time.
Passengers were left stranded on trains for up to 45 minutes whilst Network Rail identified and dealt with the problem from 8.45am.
Network Rail were concerned that the fault was due to cable theft but later confirmed that it was a cable fault after inspecting the scene.
The line reopened just before 10am. Replacement buses were put on between Preston and Hebden Bridge.
The power failure occurred between Gannow Junction, west of Burnley and Hall Royd Junction.
Kelly Andrews from Burnley, who was travelling to Leeds, said: “I got to the station early because I didn’t want to miss my train and there were very few announcements about what was going on.
“I ended up getting to Leeds hours after I wanted to and it was all a bit of a shambles. #
“It’s not something that you really want to be dealing with.”
Simon Wood, who was also travelling to Leeds, said: “Burnley station was packed full of people wanting to get on trains but there were just none coming for ages.
“It took forever to get to where I needed to be and it’s not great to have to put up with long delays when you consider how much you pay for a ticket.”
A spokesman for Network Rail, said: “We suspected for a while that the fault was due to cable theft but engineers on the scene confirmed that it was a cable fault instead.
“We managed to get the service up and running again in good time but trains were left out of position and passengers at Burnley station unfortunately were faced with delays.”
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