Eastbourne commuters face long delays due to broken-down train near London Bridge

Train delays. SUS-140409-091719001
Train delays. SUS-140409-091719001

Eastbourne commuters travelling to and from London Bridge are facing delays of more than an hour due to a broken-down freight train.

Passengers are being told to expect disruption until the end of service on Monday (March 9), despite Network Rail having since moved the broken down engineer’s train off the tracks.

Southern Railway is encouraging those travelling in and around London Bridge to stagger their journeys or use alternative routes as there will be continuing delays and cancellations while it recovers the service.

A spokesperson for Southern said, “A queuing system will be in place at London Bridge station as disruption is expected to continue throughout the evening.

“Rail tickets will be accepted by London Underground on tube services between London Victoria and London Bridge and on TfL bus services between Croydon and London Bridge via the Tulse Hill and Forest Hill areas.

“Southern ticket holders are also being accepted by London Overground on train services via Forest Hill, Thameslink services between Brighton and London Blackfriars.

“Southern is working hard to get trains and crews in place to be able to provide a normal peak service tomorrow morning.”

There are reports of passengers being stuck on trains outside the station, as well as the hundreds of thousands of rail users passing through the station.

A Department for Transport spokesman said it was “extremely frustrating” thousands of commuters faced unscheduled disruption “once again”.

“It is vital that Network Rail and the operators keep passengers informed and we are urgently speaking to them to ensure this happens.”

The latest delays add to disruption caused by long-running engineering works.