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Three-hour rail delays and navigation challenges for Kings Of Leon fans

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 29:  (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Caleb Followill, of American rock group Kings of Leon, performs on October 29, 2011 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images) PPP-140506-132209001

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 29: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Caleb Followill, of American rock group Kings of Leon, performs on October 29, 2011 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images) PPP-140506-132209001

Kings Of Leon fans were left stranded at Milton Keynes railway station for three hours in the early hours of Monday morning, after their train home broke down just minutes before arriving.

London Midland Trains had put on additional 12-carriage Sunday evening service which was due to pick up gig-goers at 11.30pm.

But the train suffered engine problems when it was just minutes from the city, meaning some passengers did not get back to London Euston until 3am.

The last service to London Euston normally leaves Milton Keynes at 11pm on Sunday evenings, but there are sometimes additional services to tie in with events such as concerts at The Bowl, football matches at Wembley, and the Tour de France.

Some passengers on Sunday night did manage to board a delayed Virgin Trains service from Wolverhampton, but others had to wait for an additional train provided by London Midland at late notice and were picked up 2.15am.

A spokesman for London Midland Trains said: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused to passengers.

“We did our best to get passengers home, but ultimately we didn’t do so until later than we had hoped.”

Anyone affected can apply for compensation either at Milton Keynes railway station or via the London Midland website www.londonmidland.com

> Kings Of Leon fans travelling to MK Bowl by car may have had their own challenge on Sunday.

Because if you navigate to the Milton Keynes Bowl using the Apple Maps mobile phone application, it instead directs you to Wellfield Court in Willen.

Resident Jon Baker said: “We had quite a few people round here on Sunday evening looking for the Kings on Leon concert.”

A spokesman for Kings Of Leon was unable to confirm if the band had any plans to perform in any quiet residential streets in Milton Keynes in the near future.

 

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