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Birmingham-London main line blocked and all trains cancelled

Birmingham-London main line blocked and all trains cancelled

Amid a cacophony of cancellations at London Euston station on Monday night, dozens of passengers sprinted to platform 12. They were desperate to catch the final train to leave the capital for Birmingham before the line was closed indefinitely. Fortunately for them, the train left 15 minutes late. With all subsequent trains cancelled, the Avanti West Coast 8.40pm was standing room only – with first class “declassified” to allow as many passengers as possible to get a seat. Going places? Passengers at London Euston on Monday night, 12 February, waiting to board the final train to the West Midlands before Network Rail closed the line (Simon Calder) The cause: a landslip on the track between Rugby and Coventry. Throughout Monday, London-bound trains were delayed or cancelled as Network Rail staff worked at the site. The infrastructure organisation opted to close the line completely on Monday night, hoping to fix the problem by Tuesday afternoon. The late departure was itself a problem, since it obliged Network Rail to delay the “possession” that would allow staff to …