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New Year delays on the West Coast Mainline

Serious delays have occured to train services on the West Coast Mainline since New Year due to a light aircraft accident near Stafford on Friday followed by damage to overhead power lines just north of Watford junction on Sunday. A full service is hoped to be resumed by this afternoon.

Air accident investigators completed their trackside work following Friday's light aircraft accident near Stafford at around 1.30pm on Sunday 4 January, with normal services due to recommence that afternoon, but at around 3pm the overhead power lines on the West Coast Main Line were severely damaged just north of Watford Junction station.

All four lines were blocked and teams worked throughout the night to complete repairs by around 4am this morning.

A full investigation of the incident and its causes is underway.

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