Overhead line problems bring chaos to rail commuters

PUBLISHED: 09:54 16 February 2009 | UPDATED: 13:54 06 May 2010

HUNDREDS of commuters have suffered delays this morning because of rail chaos on the Thameslink line. First Capital Connect (FCC) fast trains into London have been stopping at every station and terminating at Kentish Town or St Pancras. A spokesperson for

HUNDREDS of commuters have suffered delays this morning because of rail chaos on the Thameslink line. First Capital Connect (FCC) fast trains into London have been stopping at every station and terminating at Kentish Town or St Pancras.

A spokesperson for FCC said: "Overhead wire problems at Farringdon meant the furthest trains could go from Bedford would be to St Pancras. Failing that, commuters could get out at Kentish Town and travel from there.

"Network Rail, which is responsible for the lines, has told us they hope to have resolved the problem by lunchtime."

But Liberal Democrat prospective Parliamentary candidate for St Albans, Sandy Walkington, said it beggared belief that commuters had to put up with such travel chaos when rail subsidies were now five times higher than they were before privatisation.

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