The issue isn't at York.
Apologies but could you explain the use of headspans?
Does that imply a single column rather than a portal frame carrying the wires?
Masts each side with the wires attached to a wire that is stretched between the masts, damage that wire and it all comes Down.
Many thanks, explains everything.
Is it possible therefore that a train can bring the wires down or is it generally a failure within the OHLE structure.
Virgin Trains East Coast said:Overhead wire problems near Retford mean that trains will be unable to run between Retford and Doncaster until approximately 15:00.
Trains between Grantham and Doncaster will be diverted via Lincoln Central or cancelled.
Buses are running between Retford and Doncaster.
The line is expected to reopen at 15:00, however delays can be expected until the end of service.
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