Train passengers in Sussex suffered lengthy delays on the commute home from London tonight as signalling problems and a trespasser incident caused disruption on the Brighton mainline.
First Capital Connect services were the worst affected with passengers travelling on Southern Railway also enduring problems.
The disruption was down to a fire which damaged equipment that operates the signalling equipment in the London Bridge area. Those trying to use London Bridge to get back to the South Coast were greeted by swarms of crowds and packed platforms as engineers tried to rectify the issue with the signalling equipment.
Earlier National Rail released a statement saying:
“A small fire has damaged equipment which operates signalling in the London Bridge area. No trains are currently running through London Bridge, Cannon Street, Charing Cross or Waterloo East. Engineers are on site assessing the extent of the damage and will carry out repairs as soon as possible. Passengers should travel from St Pancras, Farringdon, City Thameslink, Blackfriars, Elephant and Castle or Victoria for services to Kent and Sussex. Tickets are valid on London Underground, London buses and other train operators.”
Meanwhile train services that were diverted to avoid the problems at London Bridge found themselves in yet more gridlock as a trespasser just South of the capital brought already delayed services to a standstill as the power was turned off.
Some passengers trying to return home to Sussex took their frustrations to Twitter.
With delays still occurring on the network, passengers are being urged to check before they travel, particularly before the morning commute where some services may still be disrupted or have short formations due to trains not being in the correct places following tonight’s disruption.
By James Dunham.