Major delays for St Albans and Harpenden commuters using Thameslink line

PUBLISHED: 17:00 08 November 2016 | UPDATED: 17:00 08 November 2016

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Thameslink train

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Delays of up to 90 minutes are expected on the Thameslink line until the end of service following an incident at Luton station.

Commuters are being urged to find an alternate route home after a cable came into contact with the overhead lines at about 2.30pm today (Tuesday).

Those travelling between St Albans and Bedford will be given a bus replacement service as no trains will be travelling north of St Albans.

Network Rail have closed off two platforms to fix the problem, but a spokesperson for Govia, which runs the Thameslink franchise, said that the shake up to the schedule will mean there are delays up until the end of service.

The spokesman went on: “The problems at Luton are causing huge disruption to our services. Even if it is rectified and we begin to operate north of St Albans to Bedford again, we will still have delays, changes to trains and cancellations because by now so many of the trains and driver are out of position for the evening rush hour.

“We apologise to our passengers for the difficult journey they are likely to have home tonight and urge them to claim compensation if they are delayed by 30 minutes or more at.”

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