Staines Commuters Face Weekend Travel Disruption Thanks to Copper Thieves

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By StaineSiobhan | Friday, August 06, 2010, 18:45

Thieves in Reading who stole copper wire from a train signal have disrupted thousands of commuters, including people trying to get home to Staines.

Trains out of Reading have been operating on an emergency timetable all day because the signals weren't working properly, and trains are running with delays of up to 60 minutes.

Network Rail have asked if anyone with information on the theft - from a signal near Tilehurst - would come forward, and they are working with police to try to catch the thieves who have caused huge disruption to services into London, Oxford and Swindon.

A Network Rail spokesperson said, "Many thousands of passengers are being unnecessarily delayed today thanks to an act of mindless vandalism.

"Not only does cable theft cause massive disruption and delays nationwide, it also deprives passengers of vital investment in their railway.

"Last year we paid out almost £8m in compensation to train operators for disruption caused by thieves - money that otherwise would have been spent improving services."

Have you been caught up in the disruption today? Tell us your story.

      

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