Millions of rail passengers suffered miserable journeys this morning after a series of problems led to long delays on major routes. The difficulties included hold-ups in and out of Victoria, King's Cross, Moorgate and Fenchurch Street stations in London.
The problems at Victoria came after smoke was seen pouring from the engine of an empty Gatwick Express train. The station was evacuated and, although it later reopened, long delays persisted through the morning, with some London-bound rush-hour travellers held up outside Victoria for up to an hour.
There were also delays of up to 90 minutes to services in and out of Fenchurch Street due to a broken-down train in the Limehouse area of east London.
A train failure was also the cause of disruption at New Southgate in north London and this led to delays to services between Stevenage in Hertfordshire and King's Cross and Moorgate stations.