Disruption on the Southeastern network

Network Rail have advised that trains out of London this evening will be disrupted following news of an electrical fault at New Cross.

Network Rail, which manages the track and signalling infrastructure have said that an electrical fault has led to damage to both signals and track at New Cross on the line out of London Charing Cross. Whilst repair work is already underway, it is highly likely that disruption will continue on into this afternoon’s peak.

Network Rail and Southeastern are advising passengers to check before they travel.

The disruption comes in the same week that Rail Minister, Claire Perry MP, responded to a Westminster Hall Debate on the performance of Southeastern services. Speaking during the debate, the Minister said that “performance on these services is not where it should be” and that, as Chair of the South East Quadrant Task Force, she would be looking into the issues raised by MPs on reliability, capacity, communication and compensation.

The Minister has previously indicated that the Department is looking to transfer suburban rail services to Transport for London when franchises come up for renewal, with Southeastern among the first franchises to be retendered in 2018. Ms Perry has also said that she will consider investment proposals designed to improve capacity on the network during the spring.

Commenting, James said:

"I met Network Rail only last week to underline the utter frustration of passengers delayed by problems with track and signalling and the need to provide a much more reliable service.  Yet again, we are seeing significant disruption to services as a result of a failure with the basic equipment.  It just isn't good enough.  I will be asking the Office for Rail and Road to investigate Network Rail's performance and the need for passengers to be adequately compensated for the delays caused."