Travel chaos for rail and Tube commuters as wind and rain batters capital


Severe travel disruption has been reported across London this morning after trees fell on railway lines as rain and wind lashed the capital.

Commuters reported “chaos” due to the delays and cancellations, which affected thousands of Londoners.

Service was suspended early this morning along the Ealing Broadway and West Ruislip branches of the Central Line from White City, causing delays across the whole of the line.

Meanwhile there was no service between New Cross Gate and both Crystal Palace and West Croydon on the London Overground after a tree on the track at Brockley.

@centralline what on earth is going on today, even the drivers have no clue what’s going on, shambles!!!

— David Scott (@DaveScott72) June 6, 2017

Severe delays have also been reported on the Overground on the line between Highbury and Islington and Stratford while due to a signal failure at Canonbury.

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A number of incidents are causing disruption Southern services this morning.

These include the fallen tree on the line in the Brockley area meaning some trains were unable to call at Brockley, Honor Oak Park or Forest Hill.

And a points failure meant trains were unable to run between Balham and Streatham Common on the two of the four lines.

An earlier power surge in the south London area also caused trains to halt briefly outside stations.

Many commuters have taken to social media to vent their frustration at the disruption.

One said: “Packed trains, delays and overcrowding on the platforms… Must be the @centralline.”

Packed trains, delays and overcrowding on the platforms… Must be the @centralline

— Aze 🇬🇧 (@AnnelieseMaria5) June 6, 2017

Thanks @centralline for getting my day off to the best start today.

— DanDrifts (@DanDrifts) June 6, 2017

Another added: “All these delays & train being terminated a quarter into its journey. Well just another day commuting on Central Line…”

All these delays & train being terminated a quarter into its journey. Well just another day commuting on Central Line…

— Piyoぴよ🐥 (@PiyoPiyoPotato) June 6, 2017

Still can’t handle the rain eh 🙄🙄 @centralline @TfL

— Narv S (@NarvS88) June 6, 2017

Meanwhile another commuter said: “All trains cancelled AGAIN by @LDNOverground @SouthernRailUK You are a bunch of ***** utterly speechless.”

All trains cancelled AGAIN by @LDNOverground @SouthernRailUK You are a bunch of ***** utterly speechless

— Erika Singh (@Shakti_Textiles) June 6, 2017

Tree across the tracks so @LDNOverground trains cancelled this stretch. Never underestimate chaos generated by a little rain in London

— Metron (@Metabunker) June 6, 2017

One user said: “A bit of rain and London is at a standstill…”

A bit of rain and London is at a standstill… @LDNOverground

— Lidz (@Lidz_89) June 6, 2017

Rain slows the @LDNOverground down to a literal crawl. Lucky we here in the UK live in such a hot and dry climate.

— Frank Soldato (@SINATRAtheTANK) June 6, 2017

Another said: “Thank you @SouthernRailUK for the usual creeping service and cancellations turning an hour journey in 2hrs.”

Thank you #southernFail @SouthernRailUK for the usual creeping service and cancellations turning an hour journey in 2hrs

— The Baron (@baron_philip) June 6, 2017

I know this isn’t your fault, but I’m sick of apologies. I want a train service that actually runs with any reliability. No more excuses.

— Hamish Edmondson (@HamishEdmondson) June 6, 2017

A TfL spokesperson said: “We apologise for the disruption caused to customers this morning.  

“We had to suspend parts of the Tube and the London Overground to remove trees and branches from the track.  

“Our teams were on site immediately to remove the trees and get services back up and running as quickly as possible.” 

The disruption came as London was lashed by rain and wind today after one of the warmest springs on record.

The rain was set to ease up on Tuesday afternoon but scattered showers were expected to persist throughout the week.

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