Lineside fire disrupted trains in South Wales

A lineside fire disrupted train services between Cardiff Central and Newport until the small hours of this morning, and Network Rail has warned that full repairs to damaged signalling equipment may take until the end of the month, with ‘minor disruption’ still possible.

Overhead lines were also damaged by the blaze at Marshfield, but train services should now run normally for Beyoncé fans at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff tonight.

Network Rail Wales and Borders route director Nick Millington said: ‘The success of our engineering teams overnight means disruption is now minimal – a few minutes per journey – and the restoration of the overhead cables means electric trains can also run again, which will be a big help before and after the Beyoncé concert in Cardiff.

‘As work continues to repair the signalling equipment over the coming weeks, we are urging passengers to please check before travelling with their train operator.’

Transport for Wales, Great Western Railway and CrossCountry services were all affected by the fire, as well as freight trains.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is continuing.

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