Major Train Disruption Bedford-London Line
26 January 2015, 05:56
The Bedford to London train line is facing huge disruption this morning.
Major flooding in the Farringdon area caused by a burst water main means there will be no trains between London St Pancras International and London Blackfriars, with Farringdon not being served.
A reduced service is in place on all other Thameslink routes. This will continue until at least the end of service today.
The following services are expected to run:
Bedford to London route
•Two trains per hour between Bedford and London St Pancras International calling at all stations
•Two trains per hour between Bedford and London St Pancras International calling at West Hampstead Thameslink and all stations between St Albans and Bedford
•Additional services may run during peak hours.
•Buses will run between St Albans and Hatfield and between Bedford and St Neots to connect with Great Northern services to London Kings Cross
•A full timetable can be found here.
A spokesman for Govia Thameslink Railway, which operates Thameslink services, said: "The disruption caused by the burst Thames Water water main near Farringdon has been hugely frustrating for passengers and railway staff alike but in the interests of safety we have to follow the advice of Network Rail and not run through the area.
"We are doing all we can to help passengers on our reduced service with alternative transport arranged with other operators and rail replacement buses where possible. However, on a working weekday, a problem like this is bound to cause significant disruption and we can only apologise.
"Anyone who has been delayed by 30 minutes or more can claim compensation via our website."
A Thames Water spokesman said: "We're really sorry to commuters who have had disruptions to their journeys today. And we would also like to apologise to any of our customers who have experienced interruptions to their water supply.
“We have been working around the clock this weekend, with help from Thameslink, Network Rail and Transport for London, to fix the leak as fast as possible while keeping our customers in supply at the same time.
“Any customers who may be experiencing difficulty with their water supply should call us on 0800 316 9800.”