Rail blazes cause delays

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TRAIN services between Edinburgh and London suffered severe delays yesterday after a string of fires close to the line.

East Coast Rail advised passengers to seek alternative services, and also supplied buses, after the fires near Doncaster – and in a broken-down train at Peterborough – delayed some trains by more than two hours and caused knock-on delays to other services.

It is understood the fires were caused by sparks from an old-fashioned steam train igniting patches of dry grass close to the railway line.

The fires covered an 18-mile stretch of track and, at one stage, five teams of firefighters were called out to deal with the blaze.