No services between Letchworth and Cambridge after tree strikes train near Royston

PUBLISHED: 18:25 15 December 2018 | UPDATED: 18:38 15 December 2018

Problems with the trains continued for several months following the May timetable changes. Picture: Nick Gill

Problems with the trains continued for several months following the May timetable changes. Picture: Nick Gill

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A train has struck a tree near Royston, with no trains running between Letchworth and Cambridge as a result.

The incident occurred when the 1547 Ely to London King’s Cross service struck a tree, which has blocked both lines.

As a result services travelling from London will terminate and restart from Letchworth, with replacement buses due to be in place around now (6.15pm).

In a tweet on its @GNRail account, rail operator Govia Thameslink said: “Our current advice is to avoid all but essential travel. Services are being subject to severe delays and are likely to be cancelled.

“Replacement buses are extremely limited and will be very busy.”

Emergency responders from Network Rail, the British Transport Police and the fire service have all been called to the scene.

On its website, rail operator Govia Thameslink has posted: “Large obstructions such as trees can cause issues for a considerable amount of time.”

It currently estimates the disruption to continue until 9pm.

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