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Vandals suspected after GO train signal cables severed

GO Transit is investigating an act of apparent vandalism after some of its signal cables were cut along its track overnight, leading to delays for passengers along the Lakeshore East line on Wednesday morning.

Commuters experienced 20- to 40-minute delays Wednesday

GO train commuters travelling between Oshawa and Union station experienced delays today as GO Transit crews repaired some signal cables severed late Tuesday night. (J.P. Moczulski/Canadian Press)

GO Transit is investigating an act of apparent vandalism after some of its signal cables were cut along its track overnight, leading to delays for passengers along the Lakeshore East line on Wednesday morning.

The cables were severed late Tuesday night. The incident is being investigated as vandalism, according to GO Transit's service updates.

Crews attempted to repair the cables overnight, but signal testing continued Wednesday, forcing trains to travel at reduced speeds between Guildwood and Pickering stations.

Workers completed repairs and signal tests shortly after 9 a.m. Earlier in the morning, signal testing forced trains to travel at reduced speeds between Guildwood and Pickering stations.

Commuters experienced delays between 20 to 40 minutes. Many commuters told CBC News they were not aware of the delays before arriving for their morning commute.

Derek Laing said he was heading into work from Oshawa on Wednesday morning when his train came to a stop. He was delayed for about half an hour.

When the train started moving again, Laing said an announcement informed passengers that the delay resulted from vandalism, "but they didn’t say what it was."

This is not the first time GO Transit cables have been cut. A similar situation occurred in November 2012.

With a report from the CBC's Marc Apollonio