Travel chaos as commuters in swathe of south east London hit by signal failure as lines go down in Finsbury Park

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Londoners faced another morning of rush hour chaos after a signal failure in Lewisham sparked mass delays and cancellations.

Furious commuters took to social media to post pictures of crowded station platforms across the south east after all lines through Lewisham station were closed on Thursday morning.

Delays are expected on Southeastern services into Cannon Street until about noon, with lines to Sevenoaks, Gillingham, and Dartford all suffering disruption, Southeastern said.

A signalling fault at Moorgate also led to severe delays in the capital, with one person claiming he saw people dangerously running between platforms at Finsbury Park as the station went into meltdown.

He wrote on Twitter: “Shocking and dangerous handling of the trains to Moorgate from Finsbury Park. People running between platforms. Terrible service.”

Pictures have emerged on social media of crammed train carriages and crowded platforms, as commuters took to Twitter to vent their anger over the disruption.

Cherie Wells posted on Twitter: “This train has taken 40 minutes to get from deptford why???? And we’re not even at London Bridge yet.”

Paul Varela said: “Been crawling to Cannon Street since 8am now sat outside London Bridge for 10mins on packed train. Why only 10 carriages AGAIN?”

Joe Chittock posted: “Stuck at Lee because of a complete signal failure at Lewisham on the same week they’ve closed Charing Cross, Waterloo East and London Bridge.”

Network Rail has confirmed services at Finsbury Park have now returned to normal.

Tge signalling problem in Lewisham has also been fixed, though services south east of the capital are still expected to face delays throughout the morning.

A spokesman said: “We are sorry that a signalling fault in the Lewisham area is blocking all lines through the station.

“Our engineers are on site working to fix the problem as quickly as possible. Tickets are being accepted on the DLR, LUL, Croydon Tram and local bus services.”

The chaos comes amid a summer of travel chaos for Londoners, with a multi-million pound upgrade at Waterloo cancelling hundreds of services over summer.

Network Rail boss Mark Carne apologised to commuters on Monday after the works overran and a signalling failure sparked further misery for people travelling into the capital.

Commuters are being advised to take other forms of transport, with tickets beeing accepted on London Underground and Overground services.


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