‘Severe disruption’ trains delayed in London and South East as thousands face travel chaos

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Delays are expected on the lines as repairs to a section of track in the New Cross area take place. Travellers on Southeastern trains have been urged to find alternative travel plans due to the disruption which they will face.

The emergency repairs are occurring after a set of points, which help trains switch tracks, had cracked in the New Cross area.

Network Rail tweeted about the problems which will be caused by the repairs on Tuesday morning.

They tweeted: “We have engineers on-site and they will be able to fix most of the problem this afternoon but will need to go back in overnight to complete the job when trains aren’t running and we cause the least disruption.”

Southeastern railway posted an explanation on their website as to why the repairs were needed.

The website reads: “Urgent repairs are required to a set of points in the New Cross area, which significantly reduces the number of trains that can run to and from London Charing Cross all day, today (‘points’ are a piece of equipment that allow trains to move from one line to another).”

It added: “As a result of this, trains to / from London Charing Cross may be cancelled, delayed or revised.

“This is expected until the end of service.”

Services in and out of Euston were also affected on Tuesday morning.

The disruption in and out of Euston was caused after a person was hit by a train at Headstone Lane station in Harrow.

Avanti West Coast had announced that their services in the area would be affected throughout Tuesday morning due to the incident.

The disruption on Southeastern trains comes after the company was recently taken over by the Government.

The Government were forced to take over this franchise after the franchise holder failed to declare more than £25 million of taxpayer fundin

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Southeastern had been owned by Govia – a joint venture between Go-Ahead Group (65%) and Keolis (35%) – since 2006.

Anthony Smith, chief executive of passenger watchdog Transport Focus, said: “Whoever runs Southeastern passengers will want a reliable service which delivers on their key priorities: a punctual, reliable, clean train, with enough room to sit and stand, and value for money fares.”

Cat Hobbs, director of public ownership campaign group We Own It, said: “Again and again, privatisation is failing our railway and franchises are being brought into public ownership one by one.

“Profit-driven companies won’t put passengers or the public first – especially as the railway is a natural monopoly where we don’t have a choice between companies.

“It’s time to bring the whole rail network into public hands where it belongs. Public ownership would save around £1 billion a year.”

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