Rail services affected by attempted cable theft

SOUTHSIDE train services were disrupted yesterday morning following an attempt to steal a signalling cable.

British Transport police received a call at around 7am about damage to the cable, at Crossmyloof station.

Network Rail confirmed that the cable had been cut, causing signals to fail and turn to red. As a result, a manual signalling system was in operation, causing delays and cancellations for six hours.

Normal service resumed at 12.30pm, but until then trains between Glasgow Central and East Kilbride and Barrhead were affected.

The Cathcart Circle service via Maxwell Park was cancelled, and the Newton service was diverted via Queen’s Park, while the Kilmarnock train made extra stops at Kennishead, Nitshill and Priesthill.

A spokesman for the British Transport Police stated that enquiries into the incident are “ongoing”.