Drake Fans Battle Virgin Delays
Hundreds of commuters and concert-goers faced delays which lasted for hours on the 11th February 2017 after services travelling to and from Manchester were cancelled and delayed due to damaged overhead lines and lights. The rail chaos coincided with fans who were travelling to Manchester for a Drake concert, meaning that it wasn’t only everyday commuters who found themselves at a standstill.
After services were cancelled between Milton Keynes Central and Rugby, the passengers took to Twitter to voice their frustration. This came about after the disruptions caused delays that were expected to last 45 minutes, however the damage to the overhead wires meant that several services were held up for considerably longer. One passengers who were travelling to the concert posted on Twitter, “Meant to be in Manchester for 6pm to go see @Drake tonight but my @VirginTrain broke down 3 hours ago. Just been evacuated off the train”. The tweet was sent out at 7.45pm, meaning that the commuter was almost 2 hours behind her schedule.
The damage to the overhead lights affected trains travelling from London Euston towards Shrewsbury, Birmingham New Street and Manchester Piccadilly, leaving many people stranded on board services leaving and entering London. Another concert goer explained how her train was stood at standstill for two hours without power and explained how commuters were handed glow sticks. Eventually the passengers were escorted off the services and made to walk down a dark country lane towards coaches stopping at Rugby Train Station that did not have the capacity to fit in everyone.
Here at Trains From Hell, we understand how frustrating delays can be, especially when they prevent us getting to activities on time! If you were faced with the concert chaos on the 11th of February or have faced Virgin Train Delays in the past, get in contact to claim a ticket refund today!