Cable theft causes railway chaos on C2C

TRAIN services have returned to normal after an attempted cable theft caused a fire on the over head lines.

Passengers were evacuated from the trains after the fire started at around 8.15am this morning on lines to the east of Pitsea station on the C2C line.

Replacement rail services ran between Leigh and Laindon and Leigh and Stanford-le-Hope between around 8am and 3pm.

Once it has been put out engineers must be make sure the line is safe before trains can start running again.

Network Rail spokesman Russell Spink said: ”We are going to have to carry out a thorough investigation but we are hopeful of running a full service by the evening peak.”

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12:16pm Tue 18 Aug 09

anon anon says...

the next time someome is killed stealing the cable i will have no sympathy what so ever............. just one less thats all
the next time someome is killed stealing the cable i will have no sympathy what so ever............. just one less thats all anon anon

12:26pm Tue 18 Aug 09

richomack360 says...

How stupid can you get ?
How stupid can you get ? richomack360

12:39pm Tue 18 Aug 09

Winston Smith says...

We should remove all fences along our railways. Then put up signs every ten yards saying 'If you trespass on the railway you are risking death'. Then leave the rest to Darwin.
We should remove all fences along our railways. Then put up signs every ten yards saying 'If you trespass on the railway you are risking death'. Then leave the rest to Darwin. Winston Smith

1:39pm Tue 18 Aug 09

BinDipper says...

I was on the 7.57 from the village today and was lucky enough to be stranded on that train for 2 hours between benfleet and pitsea. I am therefore rather disappointed to find that there were no casualties. Totally agree with all the previous posts!
I was on the 7.57 from the village today and was lucky enough to be stranded on that train for 2 hours between benfleet and pitsea. I am therefore rather disappointed to find that there were no casualties. Totally agree with all the previous posts! BinDipper

2:20pm Tue 18 Aug 09

Maz1974 says...

I was on the delayed 8.12 from Benfleet this morning. At 10.20 we had leave our train and board another which had pulled along side. I eventually pulled into Fenchurch Street at 11.30!!! What Joy !!!!!
I was on the delayed 8.12 from Benfleet this morning. At 10.20 we had leave our train and board another which had pulled along side. I eventually pulled into Fenchurch Street at 11.30!!! What Joy !!!!! Maz1974

6:31pm Tue 18 Aug 09

reptile says...

About twenty miles of cable have been stolen between Southend Victoria and Shenfield plus the miles that have been stolen from c2c lines.When is the head of the British Transport Police going to take responsibility and resign? Ignore any talk of security on the railway as every night an army of people descends on the railway to steal and paint their name on the walls and bridges.
About twenty miles of cable have been stolen between Southend Victoria and Shenfield plus the miles that have been stolen from c2c lines.When is the head of the British Transport Police going to take responsibility and resign? Ignore any talk of security on the railway as every night an army of people descends on the railway to steal and paint their name on the walls and bridges. reptile

7:18pm Tue 18 Aug 09

zblun says...

Its not the fault of the railways, but the liberal non-deterrents for thiefs. When their caught the fact that hundreds of peoples day has been shattered costing millions of pounds should be considered. 10 years hard labour would get it sorted.
Its not the fault of the railways, but the liberal non-deterrents for thiefs. When their caught the fact that hundreds of peoples day has been shattered costing millions of pounds should be considered. 10 years hard labour would get it sorted. zblun

8:35pm Tue 18 Aug 09

daveyboy25 says...

theres no deterant today they get caught slapped wrist so whats the point. they just work out how they got caught and make sure they do it better next time
theres no deterant today they get caught slapped wrist so whats the point. they just work out how they got caught and make sure they do it better next time daveyboy25

9:23pm Tue 18 Aug 09

KL says...

I wud jus lik to say thanks to the p***k that decided to try n steal the cable for delayin my journey by 2 hours, next time i hope ur not so lucky !
I wud jus lik to say thanks to the p***k that decided to try n steal the cable for delayin my journey by 2 hours, next time i hope ur not so lucky ! KL

11:32pm Tue 18 Aug 09

northlandspark says...

Bring back the village stocks I say!
Bring back the village stocks I say! northlandspark

11:54pm Tue 18 Aug 09

Trainman says...

Have a camera in your hand on one of their stations like I did just over a year ago and get threatened with arrest for being a Bl**dy terrorist, yet cable thieves are NEVER caught, unless struck by the live wire they are trying to nick and INSTANT punishment. Job done.
Have a camera in your hand on one of their stations like I did just over a year ago and get threatened with arrest for being a Bl**dy terrorist, yet cable thieves are NEVER caught, unless struck by the live wire they are trying to nick and INSTANT punishment. Job done. Trainman

9:35am Wed 19 Aug 09

RJD_Wiz says...

northlandspark wrote:
Bring back the village stocks I say!
Oohh...No there's an Idea !!
[quote][p][bold]northlandspark[/bold] wrote: Bring back the village stocks I say![/p][/quote]Oohh...No there's an Idea !! RJD_Wiz

3:33pm Wed 19 Aug 09

the_oracle says...

Winston Smith wrote:
We should remove all fences along our railways. Then put up signs every ten yards saying 'If you trespass on the railway you are risking death'. Then leave the rest to Darwin.
...but Jeremy Kyle would run out of guests.
[quote][p][bold]Winston Smith[/bold] wrote: We should remove all fences along our railways. Then put up signs every ten yards saying 'If you trespass on the railway you are risking death'. Then leave the rest to Darwin.[/p][/quote]...but Jeremy Kyle would run out of guests. the_oracle

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