Rail chaos as trains into four London stations cancelled or delayed


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Rail chaos for thousands as trains into four major stations are cancelled or delayed with London commuters stuck in carriages ‘with no heating’ despite freezing weather

  • Wires between Liverpool Street and Bethnal Green were damaged overnight
  • Signal failures at Lewisham and Hither Green caused service delays too 
  • Travel into Cannon Street, Charing Cross and London Bridge affected as a result
  • Commuters already on high alert for disruption after temperatures dropped  

Lara Keay For Mailonline

London commuters faced a hellish journey to work this morning after trains to and from four of the capital’s major stations were delayed or cancelled.  

Passengers travelling on trains into London Liverpool Street, Cannon Street, Charing Cross and London Bridge complained of services running late and without heating on one of the coldest days in Britain for years.     

Thousands were already bracing themselves for problems after temperatures dropped as low as -11C overnight. 

Police in Surrey warned of potentially deadly conditions on the roads after a lorry and two cars crashed on the M25 near Cobham. 

The chaos started on the Liverpool Street line at 8pm yesterday, leaving some forced to cope with 12 hours of disruption – and difficult journeys to and from work.  

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London commuters are facing a hellish journey to work this morning after all trains to and from Liverpool Street were cancelled or delayed. File image used  

The disruption comes after overhead wires between Liverpool Street and Bethnal Green in east London were damaged overnight, creating major problems on Greater Anglia, London Overground, TfL Rail and Stansted Express trains. 

UK train problems today 

  • Gatwick Airport: Lines blocked after communication alarm activated on a train
  • Edinburgh and Glasgow via Bathgate: Signalling fault
  • Stockport and Chester: Signalling fault
  • Hunts Cross: Points failure
  • Hyndland and Balloch: Broken down train 
  • Leamington Spa: Points failure
  • Hyndland and Balloch: Broken down train
  • Sheffield: Points failure
  • Lewisham: Signalling fault
  • West Ham and Limehouse: Speed restriction
  • London Paddington and Slough / Heathrow Airport: Points failure
  • Alexandra Palace and Welwyn Garden City: Train fault
  • Ipswich and Felixstowe / Lowestoft: Broken down train
  • Lichfield Trent Valley and Birmingham New Street: Signalling fault
  • Truro and Falmouth Docks: Rail repairs

Problems on the Cannon Street line were the result of signalling failures at Hither Green and Lewisham, but were resolved by around 10am. 

Train bosses confirmed lines into Liverpool Street had re-opened just after 6.30am, but passengers should expect knock-on delays from last night throughout morning rush hour. 

A broken down train at Marks Tey station caused further line blockages and delays.   

People hoping to fly from Stansted and Southend Airports could struggle to make their flights as a result of the delays, with black ice on the roads as well.  

Liverpool Street commuters are being advised to use their tickets on London Underground, London Overground, Greater Anglia, London Buses and c2c to complete their journeys.

The motorway crash near Junction 9 of the M25 happened just before 6am, causing further chaos for drivers on their way into work.  

On the M25 crash, which is causing tailbacks for miles, Surrey Police tweeted: ‘Please be careful on roads this morning, the very cold night has left #ice & #blackice on untreated surfaces.’ 

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Police in Surrey warned of potentially deadly conditions on the roads after a lorry and two cars crashed on the M25 near Cobham (tailbacks pictured) 

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Network Rail added engineers had completed repairs to the wires around Liverpool Street at around 4.30am and train operators were working to clear stranded trains from the lines. 

A Network Rail spokesman said: ‘We apologise for the disruption to services from London Liverpool Street yesterday evening. 

‘This was due to damaged overhead line equipment in Bethnal Green area.

‘Our teams worked throughout the night to get passengers moving again. 

‘All lines have now reopened, but we would advise passengers to check before they travel as there are some knock-on delays.’

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Hither Green Station in south east London experienced signalling failures this morning causing knock-on delays and cancellations into Cannon Street, Charing Cross and London Bridge

A social media spokesman for Southeastern Railway said on Twitter: ‘A fault with the signalling system at Lewisham is causing disruption to trains to and from this station.

‘Services running through this station may be cancelled, delayed or revised. Disruption is expected until 08:00.

‘Trains between Orpington, Sevenoaks & London are unable to stop at Lewisham as the signalling problem affects the route used by these trains to run to and from Lewisham station.

‘Stopping services between Tunbridge Wells and Charing Cross or Cannon Street may also be altered to reduce congestion near Lewisham caused by extra train using the lines that avoid the station.’

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