Thieves who stole 50m to 60m of copper cabling from a signalling system near London Bridge caused “hundreds of thousands of pounds” in damage and almost a day’s worth of delays to busy services.
A spokesman for Network Rail told NCE the approach where the signalling cable was stolen is an incredibly busy area and it took engineers almost a day to reattach new cables.
“That location is a very busy approach and has so many tracks and crossings. It is a thick cable they stole with a large number of chords inside it – up to 48 chords that run through it – which each have had to be individually reattached. It couldn’t have been worse in terms of location.”
“Cable theft has cost the rail industry more than £40M over the last three years, which is money we would otherwise spend on our network,” said Network Rail managing director of network operations Robin Gisby. “The cost of this crime is likely to run well into hundreds of thousands of pounds.”