Rail services disrupted by fourth electric wire failure in nine days

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Train services have been disrupted following the fourth major issue with overhead electric wires on Britain’s railways in nine days.

Multiple LNER services between London King’s Cross and Edinburgh were cancelled on Monday morning after the East Coast main line closed between Peterborough and Grantham due to damage to overhead cables by Storm Elin on Saturday night.

LNER, Grand Central, Hull Trains and Lumo passengers were advised not to travel on Sunday while repairs were being carried out.

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In a message to passengers, LNER said: “Following repairs to damaged overhead lines between Peterborough and Grantham at the weekend, customers are urged to check for the latest service updates before making their journey.”

Network Rail said it has completed repairs on three out of the four affected lines.

Work on the fourth line is expected to be finalised overnight on Monday into Tuesday.

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Manchester Piccadilly services were disrupted on Saturday after a tree fell onto overhead wires near the station.

Thousands of passengers were stranded on trains for several hours on Thursday night after electric cables were damaged in west London.

LNER services were severely affected on December 1 because of overhead power lines coming down on the East Coast main line between Retford and Newark.

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