Cable thieves halt trains between Lincoln and Sleaford
UPDATE: 3pm- Trains are now operating as normal.
Trains between Lincoln and Peterborough have been disrupted after vandals struck part of the Sleaford line last night.
Around 1,300 metres of cable has been stolen by thieves.
It has caused signal problems which has halted trains, and caused major disruption.
A bus service has replaced trains between Sleaford and Lincoln until midday.
Trains between Nottingham and Skegness are facing delays of up to 15 minutes.
National Rail believes commuters could see an extra half an hour added onto their journey.
A spokesperson from Network Rail said: “Around 1,300 metres of cable has been stolen from the railway near Sleaford overnight.
"This theft has affected the signalling in the area and as a result we have had to reduce services.
"We are working hard to replace the missing cable but it will be some time before services are back normal and passengers are advised to check with their operator before they travel.
"Cable theft causes thousands of minutes of delay to passengers every year and costs the industry millions of pounds.
“The cost of an incident such the one in Sleaford will be far more than the scrap value of the missing cable."