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INSIDE OUT: Rail services chaos.

RAIL services between North Wales and London were getting back to normal last night after damage to power cables caused massive delays.

Many services were suspended or held up after severe overhead line damage at Ledburn Junction, between Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, and Tring, Hertfordshire, on the West Coast mainline.

Passengers travelling between North Wales, Merseyside and London Euston were worst hit as customers were carried by buses through the affected area.

Engineers worked throughout the morning to detect the cause of the problem and by mid-morning had reopened on two of the four tracks.

Railtrack said services on the other two lines restarted in the early afternoon.

Work was scheduled to be carried out overnight to prevent permanent damage to the overhead lines.

British Transport Police said the damage was not thought to have been caused by vandals, but was instead a ``rail operating problem''.

Railtrack dismissed as ``pure speculation'' suggestions that an object was dangling from the lines and became caught in the power mechanism of a passing train.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 25, 2002
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