Rail commuters heading to London from the West Midlands faced travel chaos today with numerous train services to the capital either delayed or cancelled.
Overhead wire problems at Wolverton in Buckinghamshire left trains were unable to operate between Rugby and Northampton and Milton Keynes Central. Buses were being put on instead.
As a result a number of trains from Birmingham New Street to London were cancelled, while others were delayed for up to two hours. Passengers have been warned that normal service will not resume until tomorrow with engineers investigating the cause of the damage.
Today’s train problems come after Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin promised “certainty sooner” for homes and businesses that will be blighted by the planned £32.7 billion high speed rail line.
MPs in Staffordshire have opposed the line amid concerns it will tear up land and not deliver the promised economic benefits.