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Rail services to return to normal

WAGN says rail services are set to return to normal from Monday February 19, 2001.

The resumption of services comes after months of disruption following the Hatfield train crash and the subsequent rail replacement programme.

The company says customers are set to see a vast improvement to their train services with the full complement of trains operating as advertised in the normal winter timetable.

WAGN says it has been in discussions with Railtrack about its rail recovery plan and says that, by then, speed restrictions will have been lifted allowing the timetable to operate fully.

However WAGN warns that there could still be a few delays of between five or ten minutes at certain times as the Railtrack engineers complete their work in one particular area but that this should soon improve.

In a news release, printed on the WAGN site the company says there will be diversions for a time because of speed restrictions on the Northern City Line - the line between Moorgate and Drayton Park.

Because of that, three services in the peak periods, that would normally terminate at and start from Moorgate, will be diverted to and from Kings Cross. The details of which services to be affected will be announced nearer the time.

Suzanne Page, General Manager for Great Northern route, said: 'We are delighted to be able to announce these improvements which are long overdue and signal the first steps towards a return to normal service.

'I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our passengers who have had to endure months of delay and disruption. Your patience and tolerance has been much appreciated.'

The two websites to keep checking for rail news are WAGN's and Railtrack's sites.

If you want to discuss the state of the railways or your journey to work please use the 'Have Your Say' section.

February 1, 2001

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