As the Labour conference drew to a close, Jeremy Corbyn responded to train disruption by tweeting that “we need public ownership of our railways”.
Virgin trains between Liverpool, where the conference was held, and London, where a large amount of MPs and journalists covering the conference are based, are severely disrupted due to a signal failure at Watford Junction.
Around lunchtime, Virgin Trains tweeted: “Due to a fault with the signalling system between London Euston and Watford Junction all lines are blocked. Updates to follow.”
Journalist Jim Waterson responded: “Lads just a quick heads up that you've got the whole shadow cabinet and half of Britain's journalists about to get on your network in an hour and they're all hungover and grumpy and wanting to nationalise things.”
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Corbyn responded to Waterson’s tweet, writing: “Couldn’t make this up. We need public ownership of our railways.”
Other journalists and attendees also tweeted their annoyance at the delays.
Trains run by other providers then began taking passengers via ‘alternative routes’, including to Manchester, so they could travel back to London from there.
James Dean, chief operating officer for Network Rail’s London North Western route, shared a statement explaining the cause of the delays was a broken cable in North Wembley.
Power had been restored by 3pm, but travellers were warned delays could continue further into the afternoon.