UPDATE: Rodent chewing through cable caused Harborough rail chaos

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A rodent chewing through a cable caused a major power failure that disrupted East Midlands trains to Market Harborough for most of today (Mon).

A rodent chewing through a cable caused a major power failure that disrupted East Midlands trains to Market Harborough for most of today (Mon).

Although power was restored by 11.18am this morning, it will be around 4.30pm today before services are running normally, because of trains and staff being in out of position due to the delays a spokesman for Network Rail said.

The power problem led to a complete loss of signalling between Wigston and Market Harborough earlier today.

Passengers arriving at Market Harborough station this morning were met by station staff who warned them of the delays and advised that a replacement bus service would start up from around 8.30am.

The replacement bus service was running between Leicester and Kettering, stopping at Market Harborough.

Passengers making short journeys were advised to go by car where possible.

Some trains were being diverted and were not stopping at Market Harborough. Today’s timetables showed all morning trains cancelled up until the 11.46am train south.

The normal timetable was expected to resume at 4.30pm.