Disruption for Bedford passengers after signalling failure on train route

Bedford Station. Picture: Tony MargiocchiBedford Station. Picture: Tony Margiocchi
Bedford Station. Picture: Tony Margiocchi
Thameslink is running a reduced service because of the issues

Passengers in Bedford have been warned of disruption to their train journeys today (Wednesday) after a signalling control system failure on the Midland Main Line.

Due to issues along the southern stretch of the train line, Thameslink will be running a reduced service. The failure came after essential upgrading works were done over the Christmas break.

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East Midlands Railway services are already affected by work to electrify the line, which is not due to be finished until tomorrow (December 28). Services are terminating at Wellingborough with a rail replacement service taking passengers to Bedford for travel to London. Passengers are warned that services are expected to be very busy.

Gary Walsh, route director for Network Rail, said: “I am very sorry that our engineering work is affecting passengers today. There is a fault with part of the signalling control system which means we need to reduce the number of trains which are able to run.

“Siemens signalling engineers are working to restore a reliable system as soon as possible.