Trains between Penzance and Plymouth delayed after signal cables stolen

Trains between Penzance and Plymouth are set to be halted for the rest of the day, following a suspected signal cable theft. Commuters looking to travel between Penzance and Plymouth can expect delays of up to 15 minutes for the rest of the day (April 1) after signal cables were stolen, preventing trains from operating safely.

All trains must run at reduced speed on all lines. However, Great Western Railway (GWR) said passengers with valid train tickets could seek compensation for delays of 15 minutes or more.

This is the second theft of signal cables in less than a month. Passengers traveling on the GWR line between Plymouth and Penzance on Thursday March 17 had experienced delays of up to 25 minutes throughout the day due to the theft of signal cables.

A GWR spokesman said: “Due to the theft of signal wires between Plymouth and Penzance, trains must run at reduced speed on all lines. This means that train services to and from these stations will be delayed up to 15 minutes and the disruption is expected until the end of the day.

“If you hold a valid one-way, round-trip or weekly ticket, you may be able to claim compensation for delays of 15 minutes or more. Please retain your ticket and visit GWR.com/DelayRepay.”

A British Transport Police spokesman confirmed that around 70 meters of cable had been removed from the line near Par. Investigations remain ongoing and anyone with information has been encouraged to contact British Transport Police by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 72 of April 1. You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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