On Monday, Nov. 17, many rail commuters suffered delays after a truck got stuck under a bridge in Cow Lane. Now it seems that rail commuters are suffering even more cancellations and delays, this time because of an electrical supply problem. Unfortunately, this is happening at London Bridge Station, which is one of the busiest stations in the United Kingdom.
The electrical supply problem hit during rush hour. Of course, there were also difficulties for the London Overground on Tuesday, with no services running between Crystal Palace and New Cross Gate. This was due to a train that was broken down at Brockley.
Trains that usually run from Highbury and Islington and end at Crystal Palace were being force to end at New Cross Gate. On that same note, trains that usually travel from Crystal Palace to Highbury and Islington were being force to start from Surrey Quays. This caused a lot of confusion as passengers were busy trying to figure out where they needed to catch their trains.
These London Overground problems were a follow-up to the problems that were seen Monday night, Nov. 17. It was at this point that a broken-down train near Wembley led to a number of cancellations and delays for morning the rush hour on the following day.
On top of this, there was yet another broken-down train that on Tuesday morning, Nov. 18, near Guildford in Surrey. This caused some delays for both South West and Great Western passengers who were trying to travel between Havant and Guildford.
The West Midlands had its fair share of problems Tuesday as well. A signalling issue caused some delays for London Midland. This mostly affected trains that were trying to run between Stratford-upon-Avon and Stourbridge Junction. Equipment problems caused delays for trains trying to run from Smethwick Glaton Bridge to Birmingham Snow Hill.
Unfortunately, this wasn’t all of the rail problems seen on Tuesday. In Scotland, there was a break down in service between Hamilton West and Hamilton Central that led to delays. This was caused by a train that was broken-down on the tracks.
Thankfully, it was not all bad news for the rail industry. This was thanks to Govia Thameslink Railway announcing that its Gatwick Express trains will enterer service by 2016. Claire Perry, the rail minster, said that these new trains are great news for all rail passengers. It is going to be a huge boost for the economy. These trains are going to speed up journey times and help safeguard some jobs at the Bombardier’s Derby Factory.