Thameslink Train Services Disrupted on the M25

By Ivan PetrenkoMay 15, 2024 16:02 PMNews
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Two Thameslink trains on the station. Source: unsplash

The 14 May morning started with a serious incident near Heathway Airport on the M25, where a medical emergency led to a single-vehicle collision. This incident resulted in a 15-mile tailback extending past the M4 and M40 all the way to Chorleywood, severely hampering road traffic. The disruption on the M25 was further compounded by a separate incident involving a heavy goods vehicle between Potters Bar and Waltham Cross, which added about eight miles of congestion and 90-minute delays.

Parallel to the chaos on the roads, Thameslink train services faced their own setbacks due to a power supply failure between West Hampstead Thameslink and St Albans. This electrical issue disrupted all train lines in the area, leading to delays of up to 30 minutes for countless passengers.

In addition to these incidents, minor delays were also reported on the Northern and Piccadilly Lines due to a train malfunction at Acton Town and a shortage of trams on routes between Arena and Elmers End exacerbated the travel woes.

The day’s events have had a ripple effect, affecting not only those travelling by road but also rail users. With both major arteries and rail services experiencing delays, commuters across London found their morning journeys significantly disrupted. Thameslink has issued warnings anticipating continued disturbances and advising travelers to plan accordingly.

These incidents highlight the fragility of London’s transportation network and the significant impact that unexpected problems can have on daily commutes. As the city moves to address these issues, the morning's events serve as a reminder of the need for robust systems to manage both road and rail traffic effectively.

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