Bexleyheath and Crayford MP brands Southeastern ‘extremely poor’ following days of travel chaos

PUBLISHED: 15:48 01 September 2016 | UPDATED: 16:50 01 September 2016

Southeastern services this week have been branded as 'extremely poor' by David Evennett

Southeastern services this week have been branded as 'extremely poor' by David Evennett


Network Rail have fixed an earlier signalling problem

A local MP has criticised Southeastern after commuters faced days travel chaos getting in and out of London.

The comments from David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, came as signalling problems plagued commuters so far this week.

Earlier today, signalling problems at Lee blocked all lines between Dartford and Hither Green via Sidcup.

All lines have now reopened, though disruption is expected to last until 5pm.

In a statement, Mr Evennett said: “The service on Southeastern trains this week has been extremely poor, partly caused by the newly introduced timetable, but also as a result of signal failures and the closure of Cannon Street station.

“Southeastern have to do better as commuters suffer yet again. Delays, congestion and poor service are all too common.

“Apologies are just not good enough, and I will continue to pursue these matters on behalf of my constituents and fellow commuters.”

A spokesperson for Southeastern said the rail firm was “really sorry”.

“A reduced timetable is in place while Network Rail undertake essential engineering work as part of the Thameslink Programme.

“We’re really sorry for crowding this has caused to some of our services. We are running longer trains as frequently as possible, but with Cannon Street closed, services are busier than normal.

“Today (Thursday) is the last day of Network Rail’s engineering work and our full timetable will resume tomorrow.

“In the meantime we urge passenger to check before they travel by downloading our free On Track journey planning app, where possible travel outside of peak times and to allow more time for their journeys.”


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