Major delays to rail users as signalling fails

Delays of up to an hour could hit East Midlands travellers to London this morning after it was revealed that there is a fault with the signalling system near Market Harborough between Leicester and Kettering.

East Midlands Railway (EMR) services are being disrupted on the Sheffield/Nottingham/London route.

Network Rail have a specialist team on site carrying out investigations to determine what the fault is.

Some trains running through the area in both directions will be delayed by 25-30 minutes between Leicester and Kettering, while others running through the area in both directions will be diverted between Loughborough and Kettering extending journey times by up to 20-25 minutes. These diverted trains will not stop at Leicester.

A statement by EMR said: “Our Connect Trains that run between Corby and London St Pancras are currently unaffected however if some of our trains that are being diverted cause congestion, then this will need to be reviewed.

2At present we have no estimate of when the problem is likely to be fixed. As soon as the problem is fixed our priority will be to get trains running to their advertised times again.”