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Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 August, 2004, 20:28 GMT 21:28 UK
Power failure causes rail delays
Rail tracks
Passengers are being taken by bus to their destinations
A major power failure leading to the loss of signals near Derby has caused widespread delays to rail travellers.

Peak evening services calling at Derby suffered disruption, while trains between London and Sheffield or Nottingham were diverted.

A spokeswoman for Network Rail said the power had gone down at Derby control centre between 1540 and 1850 BST on Tuesday but had since been restored.

Passengers on services to Derby have been taken by bus to their destination.

'Unfortunate' timing

The signal failure led to immediate short notice alterations, cancellations and delays to services due to call at Derby.

The Network Rail spokeswoman said trains run through Derby by Midland Mainline, Virgin Cross Country, Central Trains and freight operators had been affected.

She said the cause of the power failure was not yet known but it could be linked to flooding as a result of recent torrential rain in the area.

She warned it might take some time for services to return to normal.

A spokeswoman for Midland Mainline said travellers were being taken to the nearest station to their destination to be put on to buses.

She said: "It is unfortunate that in this instance it was in the evening peak.

"We have made every attempt to provide coaches as quickly as possible."

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