Rail commuters suffer as overhead lines come down

PUBLISHED: 11:34 16 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:39 26 October 2009

COMMUTERS faced major disruptions to train services after a power failure. A number of services running through WGC, Hatfield and Potters Bar were cancelled, while others were running up to an hour late at one point. Overhead power lines came down on the

COMMUTERS faced major disruptions to train services after a power failure.

A number of services running through WGC, Hatfield and Potters Bar were cancelled, while others were running up to an hour late at one point.

Overhead power lines came down on the line at Finsbury Park at around 4.30pm on Wednesday, and commuters couldn't get in to or out of King's Cross without disruptions.

Replacement buses in Hatfield took passengers to St Albans, where they could travel into the capital from there.

At the height of the disruptions, trains coming through WGC could only go as far as New Barnet or Potters Bar.

Engineers from Network Rail could not start work on the line until 11.30pm, after fans at the Carling Cup semi-final between Arsenal and Tottenham had left the area.

Rail operator First Capital Connect sent text messages to registered customers to update them on what was going on.

Larry Heyman, integration and partnership manager, said: "We did as much as we possibly could and apologise to all our customers."

Work was completed at 7.45am on Thursday, and rail services slowly resumed.

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