Kent commuters face rail headaches as sunshine, signalling problems and a sick passenger plays havoc with rush hour services

PUBLISHED: 10:49 25 January 2016 | UPDATED: 10:49 25 January 2016

Southeastern services

Southeastern services


Revised timetable in place for services to Tunbridge Wells after problems from the weekend

Strong sunlight, signalling problems and an ill passenger caused disruption on a busy commuter rail network today.

Commuters using Southeastern services were told the bright conditions were delaying their journeys.

The company, which operates services across Kent, suffered hold-ups on its network earlier this month because the angle of the sun meant some drivers could not see the full length of their trains in their mirrors before leaving stations.

Passengers expressed their anger over the latest sun-related disruption, which occurred at Herne Hill, south London - and delayed Kent commuters reaching the capital.

Anna Roberts, 31, of Penge, said: “The train stopped for ages in Herne Hill and everyone looked annoyed.

“Then the driver said there was ‘sunlight on the monitor’ so the train couldn’t proceed.

“The train probably stopped for about 15 minutes. I’m used to there being rail delays, but this seems ridiculous.”

Another travellers, Ed Wiseman, 26, of Greenwich, commented: “We were told the train was being held up because of strong sunlight.

“These conditions happen regularly, so I don’t know why they haven’t done something to stop the delays.”

A number of services were cancelled due to signalling problems between Tunbridge Wells and High Brooms, leading to a backlog of trains waiting to enter London Bridge station.

Network Rail (NR), which maintains Britain’s rail infrastructure, said the issue was caused by damage to the track and power supply on Sunday afternoon.

Engineers worked overnight to make repairs, but only one of the two tracks was in use during the morning rush hour.

An NR spokesman said: “We apologise to passengers for the changes to train times and we are doing everything we can to repair the problem.

“Trains will still be able to run to and from Tunbridge Wells all day on Monday, but there will be an amended timetable.

“We expect services to return to normal on Tuesday.”

The cause of the damage is “still under investigation”, the spokesman added.

Meanwhile, a passenger was taken ill at London Bridge - leading to further cancellations.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Bexley Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Bexley Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Bexley Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Bexley news

Monday, October 15, 2018

The pub industry in Bexley, worth around £51million, could take a hit if beer duty is raised as expected in the chancellor’s budget today (Tuesday, October 16), Britain’s Beer Alliance has warned.

Monday, October 15, 2018

A cyclist who died after being hit by a lorry in Erith has been formally identified, as police officers appeal for witnesses to the tragic incident to come forward.

Monday, October 15, 2018

New proposals for Hall Place and Gardens will be discussed in next week’s Places Overview and Scrutiny Committee (October 16).

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our Met Office video forecast.

Friday, October 12, 2018

The new UK and Ireland tour of Let It Be will be arriving at the Orchard Theatre on Monday, October 15.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

A number of warrants have been executed this morning (Wednesday, October 10) in Abbey Wood as part of a proactive operation targeting drugs and associated criminality.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

October is Black History Month and Bexley will be marking it with a series of events.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

A Transport for London worker from Bexley who sexually assaulted a female coach driver after luring her into the basement toilets at Victoria Coach Station has been jailed for 12 months.

Most read news

Digital Edition

Read the Bexley Times e-edition today

Newsletter Sign Up

Bexley Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24