Stressful start to the week for London commuters

South Eastern Railway apologized for today's disruption in London. Image: Southeastern Railway

Southeastern Railway apologized for today’s disruption in London. Image: Network Rail.

London commuters experienced delays of up to 90 minutes this morning as overrunning engineering work coupled with signal failures caused havoc at London Bridge station.

Although delays eased after rush hour, the disruption had a knock on effect on the rest of the day’s schedule.

There were problems across the lines, with a broken down train on the main line leading to delays in and out of Moorgate station.

A signal failure at Edgeware Road led to a part suspension of the District Line as well as delays on the Circle, Hammersmith & City, and Metropolitan lines.

Passengers took to Twitter to voice their anger at both the delays, and to the recent news that South Eastern Railway has gifted £25 vouchers to all of its 4,000 staff.

A spokesperson for South Eastern defended the move, saying that the vouchers were a thank you to the staff for their work in implementing timetable changes which have taken place during the ongoing works at London Bridge.

Southeastern and Network Rail explain the nature of the Thameslink and London Bridge building and upgrading programme.

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