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Police called after rush hour rail delays

Police were called to London Bridge station this evening after thousands of travellers were left stranded when services ground to a halt during rush hour. Passengers facing delays were told there were signalling problems south of the station.


Mayor met Network Rail bosses earlier

Before tonight's rush-hour, Boris Johnson met executives from Network Rail. He said:

I know Network Rail are very apologetic for any inconvenience and delays passengers have experienced.

This is a vast project which will produce massive benefits for all travellers at and into London Bridge. It involves the total rebuilding of the oldest commuter railway station in the world.

There will inevitably be disruption from these huge improvements, but they have reassured us that they are straining every muscle to keep that disruption to an absolute minimum.

– Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

Disruption expected until 'at least' 10pm

National Rail Enquiries says that the disruption is likely to last until at least 10pm.

Passengers are being allowed to use their tickets on buses between London Bridge and East Croydon, Purley and Caterham, on London Overground and London Underground services on 'reasonable routes' and the Tramlink between Beckenham Junction and East Croydon.


Fourth night of chaos at London Bridge

Commuters are facing a fourth night of disruption at London Bridge station. Signalling problems are a causing delays to all Southern services using the station.

Work starts to improve commuter routes from Kent and Sussex

Rail upgrades in the South East costing more than £2 billion will get underway this week.

Network Rail announced the investment to try and accommodate for increasing numbers of commuters coming into the capital from Kent and Sussex.

Network Rail is investing more than £2 billion into the routes

The 5 year plan to improve stations, introduce more trains and 20% more seats will get underway this week.

Some routes have seen a 50% increase in passengers over the past 10 years, so Network Rail now hopes to succeed in connecting Kent and Sussex with London before 2019.

This will form part of a wider programme to deliver an extra 115,000 seats a day into the capital.

Network Rail's Dave Ward, said: "The growth we are managing now is phenomenal - Southeastern and Southern already run more than 2,000 trains each every day - and this has given us a real opportunity to improve the railway in Kent, Sussex and south-east London."

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