Thousands of First Great Western rail travellers have been delayed on their journey to and from, and through Swindon, following a major line side fire.
Some 90 metres of control cable is said to be destroyed, completely disrupting signalling operations and shutting down the track until Network Rail repair teams could be sent in to make the repairs. About 8 trains were cancelled.
The fire sparked off at around at about 3.30pm on 12 July. Some passengers heading west have been able to take trains on the southerly route from Reading to Westbury, but anybody leaving Swindon or passing through from London to Bristol and South Wales has been left waiting.
A limited service started at around 6pm, but trains will be disrupted well into the evening.
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