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Major delays on West Coast main line quickly fixed

Rail travel on the West Coast main line was disrupted on 7 October 2020 after a stretch of signalling, miles long, lost power between Milton Keynes and Watford junction in the early hours of the morning,

Network Rail engineers suspected a communications fault. Train services on the West Coast main line were severely disrupted and the likelihood was that this would last all day. Passengers were advised not to travel.

Phil Barnes, operations director at Network Rail, said: “I’m sorry passengers journeys won’t go as planned today. We have lost power on six miles of railway in the Leighton Buzzard area, which means that most services in and out of Euston will be cancelled.

“We’re working quick time to get this fixed and services back up and running as quickly as possible, so passengers can travel as normal. Please check National Rail Enquiries before travelling today.”

However, by around 09:30 the problem was fixed and services could resume, although the knock-on effect would continue to delay services.

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com

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Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST.

A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series.

Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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