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Rail passengers face second day of chaos

Packed: Queues at Victoria station PIC: I-IMAGES

THOUSANDS of commuters face the prospect of a second day of rail chaos today after a signal failure at one of Britain’s biggest stations.

Passengers were advised not to travel from the south into London Victoria yesterday as engineers worked to repair the fault in Streatham.

Only a limited number of Gatwick Express, Thameslink and Southern trains to the station — which is used by about 210,000 passengers a day — were able to operate. And last night Network Rail warned that services would not return to normal until at least 7am today. Commuters, many of whom have endured weeks of delays due to timetable changes, said alternative routes could not cope.

Publisher Christine Campbell said queues at Streatham were ‘biblical’, while social worker Jessica Edwards, 34, said: ‘I had to get off at London Bridge and get a bus to Hackney. All the stations were mobbed so it wasn’t worth trying to get the Overground or Tube.’

A spokesman for Network Rail said: ‘We apologise. Our job is to provide a reliable railway and today it’s clear we’ve failed in that task.’