Failed train sparks rush-hour chaos in London
Tuesday 04 December 2012
A broken-down train led to long delays at a major London terminus today.
The problem, near Blackfriars station, was the latest in a long series of morning rush-hour hold-ups for passengers in late autumn.
Passengers travelling with the First Capital Connect and Southeastern train companies were affected by the Blackfriars delays, which were expected to last until as late as 5pm today.
In Scotland, a signalling problem caused by vandalism disrupted services between Caldecruix and Shettleston.
There were delays between Edinburgh and Glasgow Queen Street via Airdrie.
Also in Scotland, a signalling problem in the Kilwinning area meant buses had to replace trains between Ardrossan South Beach and Ardrossan Harbour.
In south west England, where last week's floods have continued to disrupt services, passengers faced hold-ups today due to a signal problem at Crewkerne in Somerset.
This led to delays of up to 60 minutes between Exeter St David's and Yeovil Junction.
A landslip that took place a week ago was still causing difficulties in the Dorking area of Surrey.
A supplementary bus service was running between Dorking and Horsham in West Sussex, with a normal service not expected on this route before Saturday at the earliest.
The proliferation of passengers' problems come as season ticket holders face the prospect of 4.2% average annual fare rises in just over four weeks' time. Some Kent commuters will be paying nearly 6.5% more for their 2013 season tickets.
- 1 Liam Gallagher brands Kanye West 'utter s**t' during BRIT Awards performance
- 2 Isis burns thousands of books and rare manuscripts from Mosul's libraries
- 3 People who sleep more than eight hours are more likely to have a stroke, research shows
- 5 Muslim women's rights campaigner writes heartfelt letter to girls thinking of joining Isis
Ukraine crisis: Putin will cut gas to Europe unless Russia is paid by the end of the week
Liam Gallagher brands Kanye West 'utter s**t' during BRIT Awards performance
Isis burns thousands of books and rare manuscripts from Mosul's libraries
Missing Mexico teachers: Protests organised by union quashed in violent police crackdown
Mohammed Emwazi: Nine things we now know about man named as Isis militant 'Jihadi John'
Oscars 2015: Birdman beats Boyhood as Eddie Redmayne and Patricia Arquette win big - as it happened
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
Half of Ukip voters say they are prejudiced against people of other races
'Cash for access' scandal: Sir Malcolm Rifkind says 'unrealistic' for MPs to live on £67,000 salary
Aqsa Mahmood branded a 'disgrace' by her parents after claims she recruited three UK girls flying to Middle East
Ukraine crisis: 'One miscalculation, and Britain faces an existential threat to our whole being...'
£23000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This small, friendly, proactive...
£14500 - £22800 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A Software Developer is required to join a lea...
Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: A first rate opportunity to join a top ranking...