Rail delays continuing to plague Sussex commuters

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Rush-hour rail problems that plagued passengers in November continued on the first working day of December yesterday.

Travellers whose services were still affected by last week’s floods were hit by a combination of difficulties including late-running engineering work.

Late-running work led to delays to services between Three Bridges and Earlswood in Surrey.

A landslip last week was still affecting services between London and Horsham while a signalling problem led to delays between Uckfield and East Croydon in south London.

The aftermath of the floods continued to hit services in south west England, with buses replacing trains on some routes.

Last week, Network Rail (NR) reported a nationwide problem with train service information boards at stations on one morning, prompting the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) to express concerns.

The ORR is also worried about NR’s long-distance train service punctuality record.

Yesterday’s (December 3) latest set of hold-ups for commuters came as they prepare for an average 4.2% season ticket fare rise in just over four weeks’ time.

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10:49am Tue 4 Dec 12

Alan G Skinner says...

Once again, we are all paying premium prices for a third world railway. In some cases that is an insult to third world railways.
Once again, we are all paying premium prices for a third world railway. In some cases that is an insult to third world railways. Alan G Skinner
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1:11pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Zamora25 says...

Everyone knows punctuality records are completly fabricated by Southern, First Capital Connect and Gatwick Express. Case in point yesterday 7:33 from Gatwick to Victoria arrived 30 minutes late in Gatwick and terminated at Redhill so it would get to Victoria ontime. Time for plain clothed officers on trains to vouch these punctuality figures! No mention in these article of the power failure at Gatwick and caused all signals to go to red and caused 6:56 from Brighton to be delayed by 20 minutes. Train from Gatwick to Redhill had just four carriages and we were stuffed in the train with less room than a hamster in a case. We pay premium prices for a third world travel service. Where is our compensation?
Everyone knows punctuality records are completly fabricated by Southern, First Capital Connect and Gatwick Express. Case in point yesterday 7:33 from Gatwick to Victoria arrived 30 minutes late in Gatwick and terminated at Redhill so it would get to Victoria ontime. Time for plain clothed officers on trains to vouch these punctuality figures! No mention in these article of the power failure at Gatwick and caused all signals to go to red and caused 6:56 from Brighton to be delayed by 20 minutes. Train from Gatwick to Redhill had just four carriages and we were stuffed in the train with less room than a hamster in a case. We pay premium prices for a third world travel service. Where is our compensation? Zamora25
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3:18pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Flippin Burghers says...

Frankly it's a disgrace.
Frankly it's a disgrace. Flippin Burghers
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3:52pm Tue 4 Dec 12

leach1527 says...

Really bad again today on the Brighton - London line. This time because of a broken down train. In fact FCC seem to regularly suffer from "broken-down" trains. Odd because in all the years I have used the railway I have never been on a train that has broken-down.
Really bad again today on the Brighton - London line. This time because of a broken down train. In fact FCC seem to regularly suffer from "broken-down" trains. Odd because in all the years I have used the railway I have never been on a train that has broken-down. leach1527
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