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Trains departing from Birmingham New Street are unable to reach London Euston this morning due to a signalling failure.
The issue, at Queens Park in the capital, is affecting services to and from the Midlands including New Street.
Crewe, Rugeley Trent Valley and Liverpool services are also affected.
Ticket restrictions on have been suspended on London Northwestern services, which will now terminate and depart from Northampton.
The railway operator is running a half-hourly service, calling at all stations between Northampton and Watford Junction where passengers will be able to use the London Overground services to get into the city.

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Passengers are also advised to to use alternative routes in St Pancras and Marylebone stations.
A London Northwestern Railway spokesman said: “We apologise for the disruption this will cause to journeys today.

A London Northwestern Railway train service (part of West Midlands Trains)
“Network Rail engineers are working to repair the signalling. There is currently no estimate on when signalling will be restored.”
Traffic monitoring system Inrix also reports there are cancellations on Virgin Trains West Coast services between Wolverhampton and London Euston.

An Inrix spokesman said: “Cancellations on Virgin Trains West Coast between Wolverhampton and London Euston and services at a stand between Watford Junction and London Euston due to signalling problem at Queens Park (London).
“Tickets being accepted on Chiltern Railways, Thameslink, LNER, Southern and East Midlands Railways services.
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“The line is blocked between Euston and Watford – as a result, several services this morning between Wolverhampton/ Birmingham and London have been cancelled.”

All trains heading into London Euston station from Birmingham have been halted due to a signal failure.
Commuters are being urged to find alternative routes for journey into the capital on their Thursday morning (October 17).
The services are unable to reach London Euston as a result of a signal failure, West Midlands Trains has said.
London Northwestern services to Birmingham, Crewe, Rugeley Trent Valley, Stoke on Trent and Liverpool will also be affected.

All of these services will instead start from and terminate at Northampton.
London Northwestern Railway will be running a half hourly service, calling all stations, between Northampton and Watford Junction.
Overground services in the capital from Watford Junction are running as normal.
Ticket restrictions have been suspended and passengers are encouraged to use alternative routes in to St Pancras and Marylebone.
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A statement from West Midlands Trains read: “London Northwestern Railway apologises for the disruption this will cause to journeys today.
“Network Rail engineers are working to repair the signalling.
“There is currently no estimate on when signalling will be restored. Passengers are advised to check for the latest updates at  www.nationalrail.co.uk .”

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