The length of time passengers are being delayed on Great Britain's railways because of cable thefts has reached a five-year high, new figures suggest. The BBC's 5 Live Investigates found there were nearly 950 hours of delays in 2018 across more than 7,000 journeys in England, Wales and Scotland. British Transport Police figures also show an 85% increase in live cable thefts last year. Network Rail says thefts cost the taxpayer millions of pounds each year. The figures do not include delays in Northern Ireland.
There were more than 900 hours of delays across thousands of journeys in England, Wales and Scotland.