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Commuters walk along tracks to escape heat as trains delayed in Bexleyheath and Dartford

PUBLISHED: 08:04 28 June 2011

Southeastern Train

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Passengers forced train doors open and walked along the platform because of the heat after trains were delayed on the hottest day of the year.

Southeastern confirmed the first set of delays were caused when a train was stopped at Dartford on Monday afternoon.

As engineers carried out repairs passengers being held up in Bexleyheath forced carriage doors because of the heat.

Network Rail had no option but to turn the third rail off after passengers walked on the tracks.

A Southeastern spokesman said: “We do realise it’s very frustrating to be delayed and we’re sorry that people have been - particularly on such a hot day. We do all we can to keep services moving.

“We urge customers not to walk alongside railway lines as this is very dangerous, it inevitably prolongs disruption and makes a difficult situation worse.

“We’d like to say sorry and thank those who were caught up in any delay for their patience this evening.”

If you were affected call the newsdesk on 0208 269 7015.

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