Cable theft delays rail services
Cable theft caused travel misery to rail passengers north and south of London on Thursday - with just hours to go before the start of the Olympics.
The theft led to signalling problems at Bedford which affected travellers on services run by four train companies.
Journey times on First Capital Connect were being extended by up to 90 minutes, while London Midland's trains between Bedford and Bletchley were not calling at Bedford.
The Bedford problem also hit passengers travelling with the Southeastern train company, while East Midlands Trains' services could not stop at Bedford.
On the roads, there were again queues on routes with Olympic traffic-only games lanes.
These included Waterloo Bridge in London and the A40 in west London.
There were also hold-ups for traffic as huge crowds lined the route of the Olympic Torch relay as it passed through London in bright sunshine.
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