Travel Chaos at London Bridge

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Travel Chaos at London Bridge

Rail commuters continued to face delays at London Bridge last night as engineering works caused lengthy delays for a second day. 

Southern and Thameslink trains were delayed by up to 30 minutes. 

Hundreds of passengers were left on the concourse at the station queuing to reach the ticket barriers.

British Transport Police had to be called as commuters jumped ticket barriers to make it to their trains - many of which departed half empty. Other services were also cancelled.

Platform 6, which is the busiest in Europe, is due to be closed tonight. 

London Mayor Boris Johnson has called for a ‘crisis summit’ today about the situation.

The station is 178 years old, and is need of modernisation. The works that are being carried out are part of £6.5 billion Thameslink programme.

This comes a day after rail bosses had to apologise for serious overcrowding.


London Live spoke to London Assembly member for Lambeth and Southwark,  Val Shawcross. She said: 

“Network Rail and Southern Rail haven’t got a proper plan in for crowd management.

Things have been going dramatically wrong here, and Network and southern rail operators ought to be getting round the table and diagnosing exactly why they are not delivering the timetable.”


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