Commuters are being advised by Southern Rail, Gatwick Express and Thameslink ‘not to travel into London’ after a huge loss of power that has hit three different areas.
Passengers are being told to use alternative routes where possible, but they are being told there is no service to Victoria and it is busy or limited elsewhere.
Network Rail, the Government-owned company responsible for maintaining rail infrastructure, advised passengers not to use those operators for travel from the south into the capital.
People with flights to catch are being told that there is a ‘very limited service from London Bridge/St Pancras’ while people arriving at Gatwick can get a ‘limited service to London Bridge’.
Engineers have been working at the site throughout the night but have been unable to fix the issue. Around 210,000 passengers use London Victoria each day.
Southeastern services to the station appeared unaffected. Trouble is expected throughout the day and some services are being replaced by buses, but spaces are extremely limited. Southern said: ‘Passengers are advised not to travel into London this morning due to total loss of signalling power that Network Rail has experienced on 3 separate supplies in Streatham area. ‘No services to Victoria and limited/busy services elsewhere.’
They added: ‘The root cause of the fault has been traced back to a power supply feed, linked to the signalling equipment which has failed. ‘A generator has been sourced to isolate the power feed and is expected to arrive at the signalling centre later this morning. Once the generator arrives, the situation will be re-assessed.’ Passengers delayed by the problems can be compensated.
This incident also affects Thameslink services between Luton and Wimbledon which have been suspended until further notice. A Network Rail spokesman said: ‘Owing to a loss of signalling at Streatham Common, services are being disrupted to and from London Victoria.
‘The signal loss means we are unable to run services between Balham, Selhurst and Haydons Road. ‘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. ‘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.’ Thameslink passengers have already suffered weeks of disruption following the introduction of new timetables on May 20.