Passengers using Southeastern Overground train services face another day of delays and cancellations today.
Numerous trains to London Bridge and Highbury and Islington from the Lewisham area have been cancelled this morning, leaving people uncertain whether it will be possible for them to continue their journeys.
Many passengers had to wait at least 20 minutes for the next train and, when it finally arrived, there was not enough space for all those waiting.
One commuter at Sydenham station told Eastlondonlines: “We are travelling like sardines in a can every morning. You are never sure what time your train will arrive and you will be lucky to get in when it does. It’s always a stress to get to work and come back home”.
The disruption to train services this morning was due to signal failure at Brockley and minor faults in the trackside equipment.
As a result passengers travelling between Sydenham, Canada Water and West Croydon were experiencing short notice cancellations and delays.
Tfl is aware of the problem. An apology email from the director of the London Overground, Mike Stubbs, which was sent out to commuters in the area, reads: “I apologise for the unacceptable level of service on London Overground’s route from Highbury & Islington to West Croydon, Crystal Palace and Clapham Junction”.
“There have been significant service issues at London Bridge and both Southern and Network Rail. We accept that performance has not been good enough. As we share the same tracks as trains operated by Southern to and from London Bridge, there has been a knock on effect on our services.
“We are pressing Network Rail and Southern to address these issues as quickly as possible so that we can restore your services to their previous standard”.
Passengers travelling on the east London line over the weekend should note that there will be a partial closure of Overground services on Sunday January 18. Replacement buses also will be running between Homerton, Hackney Wick and Stratford.
For the latest status update on London Underground and London Overground this weekend, click here