Train delays: London's Lord Mayor bids to ease rail nightmare

London's Lord Mayor, Boris Johnson

London's Lord Mayor, Boris Johnson Image by David Holt / CC BY 2.0

London's Lord Mayor Boris Johnson is holding showdown talks with rail bosses tomorrow after a second day of delays and overcrowding at London Bridge and other city stations.

The city’s First Citizen is sitting down with Network Rail chiefs to pressure them into finding solutions to the delays and other difficulties thousands of commuters are experiencing while travelling through the station.

The London Evening Standard reports that the problem arises from the scale of refurbishment work being carried out but the London Assembly’s transport committee doesn't want this scenario to drag on over the three years it is estimated the project will take to complete.

In the evening rush hour, the concourse is heavily congested, with hundreds of commuters forced to join queues to enter the station.

And travellers have to push through crowds fifty people deep at the departure screens to reach the barriers.

The delays and chaotic scenes continued today at London's major stations.

Services into London Waterloo were affected by delays and cancellations due to what was described as “poor rail conditions” between Petersfield and Havant in Hampshire.

The London Overground was closed between Willesden Junction and Clapham Junction due to an equipment problem.

And there were delays at Paddington early today after a person was hit by a train at Ealing Broadway in west London.

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