Southeastern 'broken down train' at Hither Green causing travel problems

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ANGRY commuters have taken to Twitter to voice their discontent after problems with a train at Hither Green this morning (December 5).

Passengers have been told delays were caused by a broken down train at the station.

But the official Twitter feed for Southeastern @Se_Railway tweeted: “Really sorry for the lack of information, the issue at Hither Green is due to a passenger alarm being pulled on board earlier.”

One commuter Russell Spink tweeted Southeastern to say: “What on earth is going on at Hither Green?! Huge crowds, no trains and the only announcement is 'Smoking is not permitted...'”

And ‏@charlie_a8411m wrote: “@Se_Railway yet another failed journey. Train develops a problem, sits still for 20 minutes and now cancelled. Hither green #overcrowded!”

‏@claireabell8316m said: “Another day, another example of crap service from @Se_Railway crowds of people kicked off a broken train at hither green. No staff, no help.”

And commuter David Mills told News Shopper: "There were more announcements about the new timetable starting on Sunday than any useful information about when one might be able to actually catch a train."

How long did your journey take this morning? Did you get caught up in the Hither Green problems. Have your say below.

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10:24am Thu 5 Dec 13

Lewisham62 says...

And nobody at Stone Crossing to sweep up all the mess.
And nobody at Stone Crossing to sweep up all the mess. Lewisham62

10:34am Thu 5 Dec 13

melissa.hills says...

Took me two hours to get from Bexley to Petts Wood, this should have been a 35 minute journey!
Took me two hours to get from Bexley to Petts Wood, this should have been a 35 minute journey! melissa.hills

10:53am Thu 5 Dec 13

Hk says...

Seem to be a hell of alot faulty trains recently. Either they need to have a mass maintenance overhaul or they need to use another excuse off their long list!

Seems to be either faulty trains or congestion at the moment. Suppose the wrong leaves, poor weather conditions, wet rain will all come into force sooner rather than later.
Seem to be a hell of alot faulty trains recently. Either they need to have a mass maintenance overhaul or they need to use another excuse off their long list! Seems to be either faulty trains or congestion at the moment. Suppose the wrong leaves, poor weather conditions, wet rain will all come into force sooner rather than later. Hk

11:11am Thu 5 Dec 13

Jumbo1965 says...

Blatant lies as always form the workshy unpleasant lot whose pensions we're funding. Driver announced the emergency cord had been pulled then gave up trying to look and from there on it was a broken down train. Horrid woman at CX gate stopping anyone get through. Driverless trains and unmanned ticket offices are the way forward. Bring it on
Blatant lies as always form the workshy unpleasant lot whose pensions we're funding. Driver announced the emergency cord had been pulled then gave up trying to look and from there on it was a broken down train. Horrid woman at CX gate stopping anyone get through. Driverless trains and unmanned ticket offices are the way forward. Bring it on Jumbo1965

12:37pm Thu 5 Dec 13

SidcupResident says...

Southeastern have been a shambles since they won a new four year tender last year. They're clearly doing the bare minimum as they know that they probably won't have the tender extended after that.

For the last year or so I've had to get the bus and tube to and from work. It takes me a little longer but it saves me money and I've got more chance of getting to work on time.

I'd love to know how many people have been sacked for lateness thanks to Southeastern...
Southeastern have been a shambles since they won a new four year tender last year. They're clearly doing the bare minimum as they know that they probably won't have the tender extended after that. For the last year or so I've had to get the bus and tube to and from work. It takes me a little longer but it saves me money and I've got more chance of getting to work on time. I'd love to know how many people have been sacked for lateness thanks to Southeastern... SidcupResident

5:25pm Thu 5 Dec 13

nene2013 says...

I was on the train behind, sitting there standstill for a good half an hour. I give my driver of the 07.51 from Sidcup thank you though, we were informed several times of the goings on in front. However, i would love to know where my thousands of pounds goes? Certainly isn't on the maintenance?
I was on the train behind, sitting there standstill for a good half an hour. I give my driver of the 07.51 from Sidcup thank you though, we were informed several times of the goings on in front. However, i would love to know where my thousands of pounds goes? Certainly isn't on the maintenance? nene2013

8:38pm Sat 7 Dec 13

bexleyman says...

Jumbo1965 wrote:
Blatant lies as always form the workshy unpleasant lot whose pensions we're funding. Driver announced the emergency cord had been pulled then gave up trying to look and from there on it was a broken down train. Horrid woman at CX gate stopping anyone get through. Driverless trains and unmanned ticket offices are the way forward. Bring it on
Health & Safety kicks in at this point. I've had this a few times. Apparently the trains are so knackered it can be nigh on impossible to suitably remove the emergency brake that is automatically applied without having to "override" the emergency brake system at which point health & safety will not allow the train to continue. Many a time i've seen just such a train leave a platform without anyone on it for this reason.

On the subject of overhauling the stock, they were quite proud to boast last year that this had in fact taken place. They were particularly proud of the air cooling systems refinements. Now has the power of an asthmatic, rather than a geriatric asthmatic...
[quote][p][bold]Jumbo1965[/bold] wrote: Blatant lies as always form the workshy unpleasant lot whose pensions we're funding. Driver announced the emergency cord had been pulled then gave up trying to look and from there on it was a broken down train. Horrid woman at CX gate stopping anyone get through. Driverless trains and unmanned ticket offices are the way forward. Bring it on[/p][/quote]Health & Safety kicks in at this point. I've had this a few times. Apparently the trains are so knackered it can be nigh on impossible to suitably remove the emergency brake that is automatically applied without having to "override" the emergency brake system at which point health & safety will not allow the train to continue. Many a time i've seen just such a train leave a platform without anyone on it for this reason. On the subject of overhauling the stock, they were quite proud to boast last year that this had in fact taken place. They were particularly proud of the air cooling systems refinements. Now has the power of an asthmatic, rather than a geriatric asthmatic... bexleyman

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