Southern train passengers face major disruption

Rail passengers across London and the South East have faced major disruption due to an electrical fault.

Network Rail said a length of electric rail had been damaged near Purley, in Surrey, leading to cancellations and severe delays.

Three trains on the London to Brighton mainline were stranded for several hours because the power was cut off.

The delays affected passengers on First Capital Connect and Southern train services.

Trains affected include a Bedford to Brighton train, a London Victoria to Hastings and Littlehampton train and a Victoria to Gatwick Airport train.

'Very calm'

Stuart Roberts was on the 15:47 GMT London Victoria to Littlehampton train that was stopped between Horley and Purley.

He said: "Everybody from the front carriages had to move to the rear carriages and the train was taken to Purley.

"There was lots of communication with passengers and people were in good spirits. I have been on trains before when people start to get a bit riled but the driver was keeping us informed.

"Everyone was very calm and the staff were helpful. Hopefully, I will get home at some point."

Jo Loerns, the communications manager for Southern Railway, said the three stranded trains had now been returned to stations.

She said: "We now have no passengers stuck on trains but there will be knock-on delays this evening.

"We can only apologise, it was an issue with the power and [passengers] will be able to claim compensation for their journeys."

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