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16.01.15

More delays at London Bridge just days after vow to fix them

Delays due to signalling failures are affecting Southern services travelling towards London Bridge, just two days after the TOC and Network Rail apologised for the second time for poor performance on those routes.

Services from East and West Croydon towards London Bridge were being delayed by up to 20 minutes during morning peak due to a signalling failure at New Cross Gate.

On Wednesday a joint statement from Southern and Network Rail “accepted” that performance on routes into London Bridge has not been “good enough”.

The companies have been working on an improvement plan and have made alterations to the timetable to ease the congestion on the network which is one of the main contributing factors towards the delays.

Then yesterday Network Rail released another separate statement apologising for unreliable equipment near New Cross Gate that have caused delays this week.

The statement said: “The equipment, which includes a set of points at a junction east of London Bridge station near New Cross Gate, has not provided the reliability expected and engineers are tackling the problem.”

However it appears this problem has struck again causing more delays.

Thameslink programme director Simon Blanchflower said: "Passengers and operators expect equipment to work reliably and so do we. We realise the quality of the service we have offered around London Bridge has not been good enough this week and we are doing everything we can to get to the root of the problems.

"We have already undertaken a great deal of work on site and we have identified the key equipment that needs to be tackled.

"The Thameslink Programme is a huge undertaking that will bring a big improvement to travel through London Bridge, but in the meantime we are working hard to improve the services people are relying on today."

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Joel   17/01/2015 at 17:20

Very generous of NetRail/Southern to apolgise and admits 'it ain't good enuf, bruv" but they designed the timetables which caused these problems, and a signal failure only shows the lack of resilience while passengers are trapped and fume. Southern trains could be special-stopped at Norwood Junction and New Cross Gate to allow transfer to/from London Overground, for example, to ease the bottleneck (admittedly that might only transfer the problem but at least that would to lines which are working). But - what will be DONE? And will anyone have any faith in a system and scheme where money is put before passengers? All of these upgrades work to a cost basis, not a need basis. These people do not travel for fun and have virtually no practical alternative - they are milked and milked again. And still the deceits continue - on Monday 05 January, my evening peak train from East Croydon to London Bridge took 1h40 - we could see the tail red lights of the trains in front on the l/h bends north of New Cross Gate. Too many trains, too few tracks and platforms. No doubt it'll utlimately be the passengers' fault for travelling by train, creatign the demand that led to the upgrade, not the planners who are forced to work to a financial constraint. I've got a fiver that little will change, NetRail will be fined (more public money stolen from where it's needed) and no individual will suffer (at the 'top') - any takers?

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