Misery for Redbridge commuters after delays on ‘furnace’ trains

PUBLISHED: 14:44 19 July 2016 | UPDATED: 09:29 20 July 2016

A train at Ilford station

A train at Ilford station

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Commuters took to social media to vent their frustrations over delayed train services this morning.

The heat added to the misery after a faulty track at Bethnal Green station brought Transport for London (TfL) and Abellio Greater Anglia services to a halt in Redbridge.

On Twitter, @HannahA86x said: “Why has the 8.45 from Goodmayes just stopped!!!

“It is to hot for this get the train moving.

“#hottestdayoftheyear and stuck on a train that’s not going anywhere @TfLRail.”

@NeelParti said: “#Stuck on a train outside Ilford, in this heat! Please get us moving ASAP! Going to melt...”

@iWebbs said: “@greateranglia we sat at Ilford platform for ages now stuck between st. If we stop at a platform please give us the opportunity to get off!”

In reply to a tweet from Abellio Greater Anglia announcing delays of at least 30 minutes, @gemmagrace_x said: “This would explain why I’m stuck on a boiling hot train outside Goodmayes with no air con.”

@DJWestgarth tweeted: “Alright people of Twitter. How do I get from Ilford to Liverpool Street without TFL Rail?”

@Biz_Hack said: “Hey @greateranglia. Can you give an estimate for when those of us standing on this packed furnace of train will be moving? We are at Ilford.”

@curtisdaley91 said: “@TfLRail 40 minutes to Liverpool Street today from Goodmayes. Explain yourself please???!!!”

TfL Rail confirmed a good service on all of its trains by 10.25am with Abellio Greater Anglia tweeting ongoing delays of up to 10 minutes.

A Greater Anglia spokeswoman said: “We would like to apologise to passengers who were delayed this morning. This was due to a track defect near Bethnal Green, and Network Rail engineers worked to rectify the problem.”

TfL Rail operations director Howard Smith said: “I would like to apologise to customers for the delays experienced on TfL Rail services this morning due to a track defect between Liverpool Street and Stratford.

“In this warm weather we would encourage customers to carry water when they travel.”

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