Commuters faced rail disruption this morning as a Watford train line was damaged for the second time in a week.

Today, at 7.42am, National Rail confirmed that a bus replacement service was running as trains on the Abbey line between Watford Junction and St Albans Abbey were affected due to damage to the overhead wires.

The fault was fixed at 9.18am, although London Northwestern Railway warned there may still be residual delays.

It is the second time in the last week that the service has been cancelled due to damaged overhead wires.

Last Thursday, March 28, trains did not run from around 6am to midday with rail replacement buses in place.

Last month, the Hertfordshire County Council’s highways and transport cabinet panel was presented with data showing there had been around 741 unplanned cancellations on the Abbey Line last year.

Executive member for highways and transport Cllr Phil Bibby announced that he would write “a strongly worded letter” to the Transport Minister, to “express our concerns about the service”.