REGIONAL: Train delays in Birmingham until midday

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Power failure causes major delays at one of Britain’s busiest train stations.

Anyone travelling through Birmingham New Street today (Monday, April 11) is facing disruption until lunchtime after signals stopped lighting up at Proof House Junction.

Trains cannot get in or out of the south end of the station and this problem is affecting Arriva Trains Wales, CrossCountry Trains, London Midland and Virgin Trains.

A Network Rail spokesman said: “Our engineers have been working to fix the problem at Proof House Junction, south of Birmingham New Street, since 4am, however they have not been able to restore the power supply. This will lead to severe delays and cancellations across the city as operators cannot run in or out of the south end of Birmingham New Street.

“I strongly advise passengers to check before they travel this morning and consider if they can find an alternative route to work as disruption is likely to continue for some time.

“We are very sorry for this disruption and a difficult start to the week, and our crews are working as hard as they can to fix the problem.”

London Midland services from London Euston will terminate at Birmingham International.

Trains are currently unable to run between Birmingham New Street and Water Orton / Duddeston.

CrossCountry services will be delayed by up to 60 minutes, Virgin Trains services will be delayed by up to 30 minutes, road transport is operating between Sutton Coldfield and Lichfield Trent Valley.

Anyone who has been delayed because of the disruption is able to claim compensation. For up to date journey information search #BirminghamNewSt on Twitter or on the National Rail website.