LNER passengers asked to delay travel until tomorrow after overhead lines come down near York

People using the East Coast Mainline were told to leave their journey until tomorrow after damage to overhead lines.

Monday, 2nd December 2019, 8:23 pm
LNER customers have faced delays and cancellations following problems with overhead lines near York. The new trains will be introduced on the 0700 Hull to London King’s Cross and the 1718 London Kings Cross to Hull services, marking the biggest milestone on the route in 30 years. LNER Managing Director David Horne said the new Azumas will officially go into service on the Leeds-London King’s Cross route on 15 May, with Hull the next destination to be transformed with the new trains. “I am delighted to confirm that our Hull customers will be among the first to experience our new Azuma trains, which will transform the travel experience on the route” Mr Horne said. “This is the first time in 30 years we have seen a new fleet of trains introduced on our route, and we took the decision very early on that we wanted Hull to be one of the first places to benefit. “I look forward to giving our Hull customers an excellent experience every time they travel with us.” LNER customers will experience a much more comfortable journey with more seats and an increased amount of legroomin Standard class. The trains also feature the latest in train technology meaning that they are more resilient and better for the environment.

London North Eastern Railway has shared photos of the damage near York, which has left the lines blocked this afternoon, Monday, December 2, and led to services being “delayed, amended and cancelled.”

A spokesperson for the service said: “The team are working hard to get services on the move and coaches are also being sourced.

“The overhead electric wires have been damaged just north of York station, resulting in all lines being blocked between York and Northallerton.

“Trains are currently unable to run between York and Northallerton.

“Please allow for delays of up to 70 minutes, alterations and cancellations to your journey.

“Disruption is expected to continue until the end of service today.”

It has asked people to keep checking its site for more updates and information.

It has said ticket restrictions have been relaxed for today and has advised customers to defer travel to tomorrow.

It has arranged ticket acceptance with East Midlands Trains between St Pancras and Sheffield.

The rail replacement coaches are being sourced to run between Newcastle and York.

It has also said the following ticket acceptance is agreed until further notice;

Virgin Trains – between Edinburgh and London

TransPennine Express – between Leeds and York

Northern – between Leeds, Doncaster and Sheffield

CrossCountry – between Leeds, York and Wakefield.

Passengers have been told they may be entitled to compensation, so should keep their ticket and make a note of their journey.