Sunday 3 Dec 2017
UPDATE: INCIDENT - Trains now running from London Euston station as dewirement at Wembley is repaired
All railway lines leaving London Euston have been successfully reopened today (Sunday 3 Dec) and trains are now running to and from the station again.
However services may still be impacted today so passengers are being advised to check before they travel using National Rail Enquiries.
At around 15:30 Friday afternoon (1 Dec) the overhead wires that provide electrical power to trains were damaged in the Wembley area. Our engineers embarked upon a complex repair job as a significant amount of vital railway infrastructure was damaged during the incident. Over 500m of overhead wires had to be replaced, plus the arms and structures that support them. A set of railway points - sections of track that move side-to-side and allow a train to pass from one set of rails to another - also had to be repaired.
Our engineers were on site since the incident occurred, working to repair the damage as quickly as possible.
To complete the final stages of this significant job, all lines out of London Euston had to be closed Sunday morning which meant there were no trains in or out of the station until around midday.
- The cause of the incident is not known at this stage
- Today, the 'slow lines' were reopened at around 12:00 and the 'fast lines' were reopened at around 13:00
- All train operators using London Euston station were are affected; Virgin, London Midland and London Overground
- London Euston station opened as normal on Sunday morning, despite there being no services
- The London Underground tube station at Euston was unaffected
- Images attached are NOT available in high-res - they came directly from site and show the downed overhead wires on the ground in the Wembley area
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