King’s Lynn and Downham Market train delays continue after two people hurt in incident involving power cables

Buses will replace trains between Downham Market and Ely after the incident which was sparked by strong winds this morning.

Two people were injured after strong winds caused overhead power cables to smash two windows of a train this morning.

The First Capital Connect service from King's Lynn to London King's Cross came to a stop south of Littleport train station following the incident just after 7.15am.

Around 150 passengers were then taken off the train and walked along the track before boarding a bus which took them to Ely train station. Paramedics treated two people for minor injuries at the scene but they were not taken to hospital.

Journeys between King's Lynn and Ely were extended by up to 90 minutes as engineers continued to battle with the windy conditions to repair the fault. The replacement bus service between Downham Market and Ely will remain until 4am tomorrow morning.


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One passenger has described hearing an 'almighty bang' as one of the windows was smashed in the carriage she was travelling in.

Speaking earlier today, a Network Rail spokesman said: 'We would like to apologise to passengers for the delays they are experiencing.'

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A First Capital Connect spokesman said: 'We were made aware of a problem when the train from came to a stop outside Littleport at 7.19am.

'Buses were on the scene within 20 minutes and we currently have 16 coaches running between Downham Market and Ely. Trains are running between King's Cross and Ely and Downham Market and King's Lynn.'

He added: 'We worked well with industry partners such as Network Rail to make sure passengers were attended to quickly and efficiently.

'There has been praise from passengers on Twitter and from our point of view it was a difficult situation that we believe was managed well.'

Trains are leaving Downham Market at 10 and 40 minutes past the hour and trains are departing Kings Lynn at 29 and 59 minutes past the hour.

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