Posted: Wed 6th Jul 2022

Cable theft on railway line between Shotton And Chester sees 30 trains ‘part cancelled’

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Jul 6th, 2022

Network Rail has said 30 trains were ‘part-cancelled’ this morning due following the theft of signalling cable on the railway line between Shotton and Chester ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

More than 30 trains were delayed following the cable theft which took place in the early hours of Wednesday morning. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The disruption was mainly between Holyhead and Chester which impacted commuters catching trains from Shotton and Flint. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Network Rail has said it sent out engineers around 2.00am this morning “after a number of track circuits were down as a result of the cable theft between Chester and Shotton.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“We managed to install new caballing by 5.30am and all power was restored by 7.40am.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Network Rail spokesperson said, “the damaged cables meant that we had various locations which had blown fuses so it took until 10.00am for us to fully restore those.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“We then had to send trains in each direction through on a speed caution to make sure it was all safe and everything was back on. ” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Normal rail services resumed from midday, with knock-on delays into this afternoon.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The spokesperson said: “This incident has been particularly disruptive – we had 30 trains part-cancelled – these were mostly services between Holyhead and Chester which had to be turned around at Rhyl –  and 35 trains delayed a total of more than 450 minutes.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Railway cable theft is a significant issue for the rail industry causing delays, disruption and holding up vital freight deliveries – all of which result in a huge waste of taxpayer’s money.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“We’re not complacent in tackling these criminal acts and we’re doing everything we can to up security, protect key locations and reduce the impact on our Network.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“We work very closely with our colleagues at the British Transport Police to make sure individuals found trespassing, vandalising, or stealing from the railway are caught and punished.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

You can help by reporting suspicious behaviour on the tracks to the British Transport Police: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • 0800 40 50 40
  • Text 61016
  • In an emergency call 999

Or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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