Rail rage as signals fault sparks chaos on east coast trains

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THOUSANDS of rail passengers were stranded for hours after signal failures on the East Coast Main Line brought trains to a standstill.

A number of “rail rage” incidents were reported after trains were delayed for up to six hours.

Network Rail said a computer system that operates the signals failed, causing five passenger services and five freight trains to be halted on the East Coast Main Line between York and Northallerton.

All signals turned red at about 1.10pm on Saturday. A temporary fix to get trains moving was brought in at 6.45pm.

Other trains were cancelled or disrupted, and bus services were used for some journeys.

Knock-on delays for passengers continued yesterday.