A FIRE at the side of the track at London Euston station which triggered a power cut is affecting trains heading to and from Runcorn.

Trains are not currently running in or out of the London station today, Wednesday, while Network Rail engineers work on signalling equipment damaged by the fire.

A number of trains travelling between Runcorn and London Euston have faced delays and cancellations this afternoon.

Network Rail has warned services may not get back to normal until around 8pm.

It has been confirmed on the Virgin Trains' Twitter account that advance tickets valid for this evening for one of the disrupted routes can be used tomorrow, Thursday, as close to the original timed train as possible.

A Network Rail spokesperson said: “Trains are being delayed in to and out of London Euston due to a line side fire near South Hampstead which has damaged signalling equipment.

“Network Rail has engineers on site trying to restore services as soon as possible.

“As a result of the fire the power supply to Euston station was temporarily cut. This led to the evacuation of the station.

“Customers will be let back in to the station shortly.”