Southern’s re-start to London Bridge heavily disrupted

Information screen at RedhillSouthern trains today began calling at London Bridge again, but Reigate travellers saw little benefit owing to signalling problems.

This morning’s re-opening follows upgrade work that has been taking place at London Bridge since 22 December 2014. However, signalling problems throughout the day at London Bridge caused delays and cancellations, and during the evening large crowds of commuters waiting for trains.  A Network Rail tweet during the evening said “Apologies if you were affected by tonight’s disruption and congestion. We will be investigating beginning tonight.”

There were also signal problems in the morning at Merstham, with north-bound passengers at Redhill being advised, at one point, to use buses or first travel south to Gatwick.

The disruption means Reigate travellers have yet to fully test the new, amended timetable that has been put in place as the London Bridge upgrade enters its next phase, which will last until 2018.  This timetable sees several changes to and from Reigate, including diversion of the popular 0740 London Bridge service which will now run to London Victoria instead. Those changing at Redhill will also see amended services (both Southern and Thameslink).

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