Train passengers heading for London Euston warned to only travel if necessary on Wednesday

Signal fault causing huge delays and cancellations from Northampton, Milton Keynes
London Northwestern services are severely disrupted on WednesdayLondon Northwestern services are severely disrupted on Wednesday
London Northwestern services are severely disrupted on Wednesday

Rail passengers heading to London have been told to travel only if absolutely necessary on Wednesday.

An overnight power failure damaged signalling systems on the route from Northampton and Milton Keynes to Euston on the West Coast Mainline, leading to massive delays and cancellations.

Train operators fear the disruption will last all day limiting services to two trains an hour in each direction leading to services being busier than usual.

London Northwestern, Avanti West Coast and Southern services between Milton Keynes and Watford Junction are all affected.

A National Rail spokesman said: "A power failure in the Leighton Buzzard area has caused damage to the signals in both directions around this station.

"Network Rail staff are on-site working to fix the issue but estimates from site means this work will take a large number of hours until being complete.

"Network Rail have implemented an emergency special working plan to allow some trains to run through the area."

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London Northwestern say they have ordered road transport to support the limited services at Milton Keynes and Northampton and passengers can use tickets on East Midlands Railway and Thameslink Midland Main Line services or on Chiltern Railways.

LNR's services between Northampton and Birmingham are not affected.