Fallen tree causes FCC delays

LOCAL rail passengers were left irate after having to contend with delays during peak time this morning - the day they were hit with fare increases to travel with First Capital Connect (FCC) on the Thameslink line.

Commuters returning to work after the Christmas/New Year break immediately used Twitter to vent their rage at the average 5.7 per cent increase, which one described as “hefty”.

A spokesman for FCC explained that delays had occurred as a tree was blown on to the line between Flitwick and Bedford at 7.50 this morning (Tuesday). He said it affected overhead lines and blocked both southbound fast lines.

Network Rail cleared the problem at about 10.30am.

The spokesman added: “Services this morning were also affected by trains coming through late as a result of tree on the line at Bellingham in south London and we had delays of 10-15 minutes into London as a result.”