Dew on tracks blamed for rail delay


Commuters on Southern rail services had their journeys delayed by dew

After “the wrong kind of snow” and “leaves on the line”, train travellers have been 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 were being delayed by “poor railhead conditions” on Wednesday.

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 on Wednesday.

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