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Key train route disrupted twice

National Express East Coast Mainline train
Some passengers were stuck on trains for six hours overnight

Trains on the East Coast main line were severely delayed twice within hours late on Sunday and early on Monday.

Passengers on the route, which links Scotland with York, Leeds and London, were left stranded for up to six hours overnight after power cables came down.

Train operator National Express said repairs were completed by 0320 GMT.

Monday rush-hour services had just been restored when they were temporarily disrupted after a person was hit and killed by a train near Doncaster.

Services were stopped between Doncaster, Leeds and Wakefield, with passengers having to join trains at York instead.

British Transport Police were investigating the death, which happened on the track between Doncaster and Bentley.

The incident came as services were getting back to normal after Sunday night's problems.

Overhead wires had been damaged at Claypole near Newark, Nottinghamshire.

That left north and southbound trains having to use the same section of track, leading to severe delays.

'Very apologetic'

It is not yet known what caused the overhead wires to be brought down.

The problems started at about 1830 GMT on Sunday and repair work finished at 0320 GMT on Monday.

At the height of the disruption in the early hours of Monday, most services were running between three and four hours late, with some suffering even longer delays.

The line between Doncaster and Bentley was reopened later in the morning.

BBC producer Rob Lawrence was on a train from York to London which was held up for about six hours.

While still on board he said: "The train company have been pretty good. They have been pretty clear from the outset, they have been very apologetic, they have been doing their best to keep people as happy as possible in the circumstances by ensuring that food and drink were given out at the bar and the buffet.

"All the stations have had staff who have done their best to field queries and try to give the best answers they can."

The 1830 GMT Hull Trains service from Hull to London was one of the worst-hit, finally arriving at London Kings Cross at 0305 GMT, some six hours late.

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