Breaking news: Further disruption for First Capital Connect commuters on Thameslink line

PUBLISHED: 16:01 14 February 2013 | UPDATED: 16:01 14 February 2013




COMMUTERS face another grim journey home tonight as major disruption continues on the Thameslink line.

Network Rail will be continuing repairs on overhead wires in the Radlett area throughout the night, forcing train operator First Capital Connect to run a restricted service.

FCC is currently running the following services:

* Two trains per hour in each direction on the Wimbledon Loop to/from Blackfriars;

* Two trains per hour calling at Bedford, Luton Airport Parkway, St Albans, then all stations to St Pancras, Farringdon, City Thameslink, Blackfriars, London Bridge, East Croydon, Gatwick Airport, Three Bridges, Balcombe, Haywards Heath, Wivelsfield, Burgess Hill, Hassocks, Preston Park and Brighton;

* Two trains per hour stopping at all stations between Bedford and St Albans and then travelling fast to St Pancras. From there calling at all stations to Three Bridges followed by Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill, Preston Park and Brighton.

There will be no train services between West Hampstead and Bedford from 9pm. Services will continue between West Hampstead and Brighton, and the Wimbledon Loop and Blackfriars.

A bus replacement service will be in place calling at all stations. FCC is also running buses between Hatfield and St Albans, Hitchin and Luton Airport Parkway, and St Neots and Bedford. All Thameslink tickets will be accepted on Great Northern services to allow customers to use these bus services.

An express bus service will run between St Pancras, St Albans and Luton Airport Parkway.

FCC customer services spokeman Keith Jipps said: “We are really sorry about the ongoing delays to our services and apologise to our passengers for the inconvenience caused. We are doing our best to help passengers continue their journey and are preparing travel plans for this evening, when Network Rail will complete the repair works, from 10pm.”

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