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Signal problem brings wide-spread disruption for train commuters

By Liam Keen | Shrewsbury | Transport | Published:

Commuters face severe delays after train cancellations brought disruption for services between Wolverhampton and Birmingham.

West Midlands Railway

A signalling problem between Sandwell and Dudley station and Dudley Port cut off the line between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton for almost three hours.

The issue arose at around 5.30am today and thousands of rush hour passengers had trains cancelled until the problem was fixed just after 8am.

The line is now open, but severe delays are still affecting passengers

West Midlands Railway spokesperson Rebecca Preece said: "We were alerted by Network Rail at 5.30am, so we knew of the issue from the beginning of service.

"The problem itself was fixed by 8.10am but knock on affects will still disrupt services.

"Due to where the line is it's also affecting a lot of our services into other areas such as Shrewsbury and Liverpool.

"Some services will not be stopping at all stops and some will be cut short to allow us to catch up on our timetable, and this may take the next couple hours."

Passengers with West Midlands Railway tickets are able to use the same ticket on West Midlands Metro and a number of National Express buses.

Great Western Railway, Transport for Wales and Chiltern Railways are also accepting tickets from stranded passengers.

Liam Keen

By Liam Keen
Sports Reporter - @LiamKeen_Star

Sports journalist at the Express & Star, primarily covering Walsall FC and grassroots sport across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Got a story? Get in touch on 01902 319456.

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