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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