Update on Wednesday, January 7: The Uckfield rail line commuting nightmare is continuing with many commuters saying that conditions yesterday were even worse than Monday.
Uckfield resident Wendy Tagg sums up the horrors in a blog: The London Bridge Experience.
Our original story on Tuesday, January 6: Uckfield line rail commuters suffered a bad day yesterday as many returned to work after the Christmas and New Year break.
Services returned to London Bridge which re-opened after being closed during the holiday period for extensive works.
It all went wrong very quickly with travellers finding delays and cancellations almost from the off.
Services were delayed by 30 minutes getting to London Bridge in the morning. This led to congestion at the station and even more delays.
With trains in the wrong the place at the wrong time, a series of cancellations followed and passengers also had a troubled journey home.
In the evening rush, a key commuter train, the 6:08pm from London Bridge was cancelled “due to an earlier train fault”. It would have formed the 7:33pm service from Uckfield which was, of course, also cancelled.
To make matters worse the 7:08pm train was extremely late leaving London Bridge and, as a result, terminated at Crowborough.
Another important rush-hour train, the 5:08pm was 13 minutes late leaving London Bridge. The 4:08pm train was 11 minutes delayed.
On the “up” services, the 5:03pm from Uckfield was 14 minutes delayed.
Earlier in the day Buxted and Uckfield twice “missed out” when services from London Bridge were terminated at Crowborough from where the return service began. Signalling problems were blamed.
The 2:08pm service from London Bridge did not stop at Hurst Green, Hever, Cowden, Ashurst, Eridge and Buxted because of signalling problems.
Cancellations of the 6:08pm service infuriated travellers.
One said on Twitter it was “another shambles at London Bridge”, another said “chaos reigns supreme”.
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