Thousands face rail chaos after vandals cut train cables on Cross City line

THOUSANDS of rail passengers are facing major delays to their journeys in and out of the city after vandals cut a cable sparking a signal failure.

Trains running along the Cross City line between Redditch and Birmingham New Street were cancelled, re-routed and some passengers were transferred to buses, after the damaged cable was discovered this morning.

A Network Rail spokesman said engineers have found evidence that someone had walked onto the rail line in the Longbridge area and had attempted to cut it.

Thousands of passengers faced delays during the rush hour and the British Transport Police have launched an investigation.

According to the Network Rail website trains from Birmingham New Street to Longbridge, which are scheduled at three minutes, 23 and 33 minutes past the hour, have been cancelled until further notice.

Trains from Longbridge running towards Lichfield at two minutes, 32 and 52 minutes past the hour will run between Birmingham New Street and Lichfield only.

Buses will be used to transfer passengers between Bromsgrove and Droitwich Spa stations.

Cross Country trains will call additionally at Bromsgrove, where London Midland passengers can use the services.

Passengers are warned that journeys between Bromsgrove, Redditch and Birmingham New Street may be delayed by up to 30 minutes.

A spokesman from Network Rail said: “Somebody has tried to cut the cable. It is unclear if this was an act of vandalism or an attempt to steal a cable at the moment.

“British Transport Police has been informed.”
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