Dew To Blame For Rail Delays

After "the wrong kind of snow'' and "leaves on the line'', train travellers were today given a new reason for delays - dew on the tracks.

Given the mildness of the weather and the fact that autumn is months away, London-bound commuters on services run by the Southern train company were surprised to hear that their journeys today were being delayed by ``poor railhead conditions''.

A Southern spokeswoman later explained: ``This is a railhead phenomenon that happens at this time of the year. Dew gets on the tracks and makes conditions difficult.''

The problem led to delays for some early-morning commuters from the Uckfield area of Sussex, while services from Godstone and Tonbridge in Kent were also affected.

To add to Southern travellers' difficulties, a signalling problem at Honor Oak Park in south east London led to delays to services in and out of London Bridge station today.