COMMUTERS have faced hours of miserable rail delays because of rising cable theft.
Network Rail figures for the East Midlands show the increase cost £198,261 in compensation for train services delayed by theft of cables, used to control vital infastructure, to sell for scrap in 2010-11.
Over three years, the problem has cost £463,000 and caused 275 hours of delays, despite rigorous measures being taken.
Route director Martin Frobisher said: “These criminal acts have to stop. Every day passengers and essential freight deliveries upon which our economy relies are delayed by thieves looking to make a quick buck at our expense.”
“The East Midlands has recorded a slow but steady increase in these crimes and I cannot over emphasise how serious they are.”
Anyone with details about cable theft could receive a £1,000 reward if it leads to conviction. Call 0800 40 50 40.