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Chiltern Railways urged passengers to not travel on their service due to disruption and to seek alternate routes. London was hit by a fierce thunderstorm yesterday afternoon which brought a large volume of rain after a series of extremely dry months.
The defect was identified in the St John’s Wood tunnel was identified during an earlier inspection.
The damage has now been repaired and trains allowed to resume services through the tunnel.
A Network Rail spokesperson said: “We’re sorry to Chiltern passengers delayed while our engineers repaired some loose brickwork in St John’s Wood tunnel first thing this morning.
“The lines in and out of London Marylebone have now reopened but while train times return to normal we’d advise passengers to check before they travel by using National Rail Enquiries.”
Chiltern runs trains solely out of the London terminal north-west, through Oxfordshire and Warwickshire into the West Midlands.
It announced the service disruption just after 8am this morning (Wednesday), stating at 8.25am that there was just one train an hour running stopping services from Birmingham and Oxford, terminating at West Ruislip – the first station on the line with a Tube connection.
Meanwhile, one train an hour would run from Aylesbury to Harrow, the closest station on the branch to Marylebone.
The train operator said tickets were being accepted on the London Underground and other train lines.
As of 10am, it said that services were able to run in and out of Marylebone, but warned that “late notice delays, alterations and cancellations may occur”.
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