Broken-down engineering train causes travel misery for commuters

Broken-down engineering train causes travel misery for commuters

Rail passengers suffered major disruption on the first morning after the bank holiday weekend due to a broken down engineering train.

Services between London and Brighton were affected when a southbound line in Horley, Surrey, was blocked by the train in the early hours of Tuesday morning.



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All Gatwick Express services between the capital and Gatwick Airport were being cancelled from 11am to allow for the engineering work to be completed.

A spokesman for the operator said a normal timetable was expected to resume ” before the evening peak period”.

Commuter Ruth Farnell described her journey via Clapham Junction as “chaos”.

She wrote on Twitter: “W hat a nightmare this morning trying to get to work. Is it possible to actually tell people what’s going on?”

A spokeswoman for Network Rail, which is responsible for engineering work on Britain’s railways, said: ” A broken down engineering train meant that we were unable to complete some overnight work near Gatwick, and one of the four tracks through the area was closed as a result.

“The train has been removed from site and a replacement is on its way to complete the job. Passengers are being advised to check before they travel this morning as there are some service alterations and knock-on delays.”

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