Vandalism was the probable cause of delays to rail services at Birmingham New Street yesterday (April 11), according to Network Rail.
Photographic evidence shows damaged signalling cables at Proof House Junction (south side of New Street), which appear to have been deliberately burnt and cut.
As a result, 655 services were disrupted at New Street, with 135 trains cancelled and 146 part-cancelled. The delays started from 0500, with the longest lasting around 40 minutes.
Normal service resumed between 0930 and 1000, after Network Rail engineers successfully repaired the cables.