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East Coast Main Line 'normal' after power cable damage

Damage to overhead wires Image copyright Virgin Trains
Image caption Virgin Trains posted images of the damaged lines on Twitter

Train services on the East Coast Main Line are expected to run as normal after damage to power lines caused major delays.

Passengers were advised not to travel on Thursday evening while engineers attempted to repair cables between Retford and Newark North Gate.

Virgin Trains said it did not expect widespread disruption on Friday.

Network rail said the cabling problem had been resolved but "residual delays" may affect travel.

Several Virgin services were cancelled or rescheduled, including:

  • 05:05 GMT Leeds to London Kings Cross - cancelled
  • 05:07 Doncaster to London Kings Cross - cancelled
  • 05:30 Leeds to London Kings Cross - cancelled
  • 09:03 Edinburgh to London Kings Cross due 13:49

It advised passengers to check its website for the latest updates.

Thursday's disruption, which led to "chaotic" scenes at stations, also caused shadow chancellor John McDonnell to miss a scheduled appearance on the BBC's Question Time programme.

This week's edition of the political discussion programme was recorded in Sunderland.

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