Commuters told not to travel after signalling shutdown

Passengers at Brighton were advised not to travel by train to London Victoria this morning (July 5) after a signalling shutdown caused major disruption.

Network Rail said damage to signalling equipment in the Streatham Common area was the cause of disruption this morning, with no Southern or Gatwick Express services able to serve London Victoria.

This also caused knock-on disruption to Thameslink services.

Govia Thameslink (GTR), the Southern and Thameslink rail operator, advised passengers not to travel.

A GTR spokesman said: “Network Rail is working hard to rectify this fault but in the meantime passengers are urged not to travel from the south on our remaining services which will be heavily overcrowded.”

A Network Rail spokesperson said: “We have had engineers working on site overnight doing all they can to fix the problem. However, we anticipate that the signalling will not be up and running this morning.

Passengers were told not to travel after disruption on the Brighton Mainline (Photograph: Eddie Mitchell)

Passengers were told not to travel after disruption on the Brighton Mainline (Photograph: Eddie Mitchell)

“We apologise for the inconvenience caused by the fault and passengers are being advised not to travel with Thameslink, Southern or Gatwick Express from the south into London this morning.”

For updates, visit: www.southernrailway.com

Commuters hoping to travel to London at Brighton station (Photograph: Eddie Mitchell)

Commuters hoping to travel to London at Brighton station (Photograph: Eddie Mitchell)

Brighton station (Photograph: Eddie Mitchell)

Brighton station (Photograph: Eddie Mitchell)

Chaos for passengers at Brighton this morning  (Photograph: Eddie Mitchell)

Chaos for passengers at Brighton this morning (Photograph: Eddie Mitchell)