thousands of train passengers were delayed for the second time in a week after Doncaster cable thieves struck again.
A total of 160 trains on the East Coast main line between Doncaster and York were affected, with one cancelled.
Just like last week’s attempted theft, the chopped off cable was left behind but caused greater disruption because it was a more advanced type of wiring.
The thieves removed the cable from the line between Daw Lane, Bentley, and Shaftholme, at around 5pm on Thursday.
Disruption affected the evening rush hour and continued into the night because it took longer to replace the 20 metres of wiring and each of the 48 cores havd to be tested before services were restored.
The previous Thursday 70 trains on the line between Doncaster and Leeds suffered delays when cable was removed from the line near Adwick station.
British Transport Police Inspector Stuart Mellish said: “BTP officers were called to the railway line close to Daw Lane in Bentley on Thursday, January 24, after a report of signal failure in the area.
“Officers attended alongside engineers from Network Rail and discovered that approximately 20 metres of cable had been removed from the tracks in an attempt to steal it. Officers searched the scene and the cable was recovered. Enquiries are ongoing to trace those responsible for this attempted theft.
“The incident caused significant delays in the area, in total 160 trains were affected, resulting in over 5,500 minutes in delays.
“The theft of cable is not just an attack on the railway – it has a direct impact on the day-to-day lives of thousands of passengers whose trains are delayed or cancelled, leading to people missing vital appointments, being late for work, or missing connecting trains or flights when travelling further afield.
Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting incident reference 451 of 24/01/2012.