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Trains hit by damaged power lines

Virgin train
Virgin Trains has advised passengers not to travel

Rail services between London Euston and Milton Keynes have been severely disrupted by damaged power lines.

Network Rail said it received reports of overhead power lines being damaged at Watford Junction at about 1530 GMT.

London Midland and Virgin Trains have cancelled all trains and are running bus replacement services. London Overground services are not affected.

Network Rail earlier said it was sending engineers to the site to investigate the cause of the problem.

Virgin Trains, which runs services from the north London station, said it was "quite a serious problem" and advised passengers to avoid travelling unless it was crucial.

Significant delays

It said there was one train not far from Watford that passengers would have to be taken off.

A spokesperson for Virgin Trains said the company usually runs about 10 services an hour from Euston to Milton Keynes but all services had been cancelled.

He added that trains were operating to destinations north of Milton Keynes.

Arthur Leafley, from Virgin Trains, said: "Any people travelling in or out of London would have to travel via other routes but this would lead to significant delays and people would have to travel much longer routes to get to their destination."

Tickets are being accepted on several other routes.

A spokeswoman for London Midland said: "We will not be running any services to or out of Euston for the rest of the day but expect to have services operating in the morning."

She said the company would have usually operated about 60 services between London Euston and Milton Keynes from the time the disruption began until the end of the day.

The disruption comes after Euston services were badly affected following the closure of the West Coast Main Line on Friday when a plane crashed close to the line in Staffordshire.

The damage has now been repaired and the line is now re-opening with services expected to be back to normal by Monday morning.

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