UPDATE: 4.40pm

AMONG the hundreds of people stuck at Newport station was St Jullians councillor and Goldie Lookin' Chain star Rhys Hutchings

Mr Hutchings posted this picture on Twitter of crowds waiting for trains today. He told the Argus: "Me and Eggsy have been trying to get to a Christmas do in Bristol for two and a half hours. That's been two and a half hours of looking at train times, not being able to get on and then finally getting on. There was a point when there weren't any trains running.

"We were supposed to be sitting down to lunch at 3pm! The train was absolutely rammed. It's alright though, it's not the end of the world."


UPDATE: 4.17pm

Hundreds of people are stuck at Newport station this afternoon with waiting times of up to three hours for trains reported.

The disruption has been caused by electricity cables being cut between Newport and Marshfield at around midday.

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VANDALS who cut through electricity cables caused train disruption this afternoon between Newport and Cardiff.

Three 650-volt cables were slashed between Newport and Marshfield at around midday. By 1.40pm engineers had spliced the cables back together and all lines have since reopened, but passengers could experience delays and cancellations into this afternoon.

Some Arriva Trains Wales services between Cardiff and Ebbw Vale have been cancelled or are delayed by up to 45 minutes, while several First Great Western services between Cardiff and London Paddington have been cancelled.

Replacement buses are taking passengers between Bristol Parkway and Cardiff Central via Newport.

Network Rail confirmed they are treating the incident as vandalism but are also investigating to see whether anything had been stolen.

Passengers are advised to check with train operators before travelling.