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Thieves cause disruption to Thursday Cumbernauld train services

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 19:45 GMT on Tuesday, July 16th, 2013.

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DAMAGE to signalling cables at Cumbernauld train station, on Thursday morning, forced train services to come to a grinding halt, for most of the day.

ScotRail notified customers that disruption for most of Thursday would be inevitable after thieves damaged signalling cable near Cumbernauld train station, during an early morning ‘smash and grab’.

Rail commuters were left with a whole day of misery, from the incident, which forced services on the Glasgow-Falkirk Grahamston route to be cancelled.

British Transport Police (BTP) has said that sections of cable at the station were found to have been damaged and stolen beside tracks, at Cumbernauld train station, at around 4:30am on Thursday morning.

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During the disruption, passengers were transferred onto buses, with a ScotRail spokeswoman apologising for the disruption, on Thursday, adding it came “…as a result of vandalism.”

The routes affected included Cumbernauld, Greenfaulds, Coatbridge Central, Whifflet and Motherwell; as well as Falkirk Grahamston, Camelon, Cumbernauld, Gartcosh, Stepps, Springburn and Glasgow Queen Street, with buses replacing trains between Cumbernauld and Motherwell; and services between Cumbernauld and Glasgow Queen Street.

The incident also forced trains between Falkirk Grahamston and Glasgow Queen Street to be diverted; in a move which seen services not call at Cumbernauld, Greenfaulds, Gartcosh, Stepps or Springburn.

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