Friday, 27 July 2018

Lightning strikes damaged signalling cause rail chaos across East Coast



Rail services on the East Coast mainline and across Yorkshire have been disrupted after lightning strikes damaged signalling.

 
London North Eastern Railway (LNER) advised passengers not to travel on Friday "due to the extreme weather conditions and signalling failure".


Meanwhile all lines between Leeds and York were blocked as trains stopped.


One passenger was travelling from Newcastle to York when passengers were told to leave the train at Darlington.


Barry Lee said people were told the train had been cancelled "due to a lightning strike at York station which had a severe affect on signalling".
"We were told to get off the train, which then headed back to Newcastle," he said.


"A few minutes later a King's Cross train pulled in and its passengers joined the crowds already on the platform.


"Everyone was stoical but it's rough for those with small children."


Railway delays


Network Rail said the "severe weather had caused widespread disruption" and passengers should check travel plans.


It said it did not have the figures for how many people were affected by the disruption but said it was a "significant number".


Network Rail said the "severe weather had caused widespread disruption" and passengers should check travel plans.


It said it did not have the figures for how many people were affected by the disruption but said it was a "significant number".





BBC         News.