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A second day of rush-hour problems on Britain’s rail network has compounded the disruption caused by large-scale upgrade works – 24 hours after commuters learned of the biggest fare increases in recent years.
Passengers face delays on trains travelling across the Pennines and up to the north-east of England. Services to and from some of London’s busiest stations were also affected.
Tuesday’s train derailment outside Waterloo station and a separate points failure nearby were still causing significant problems on Wednesday, while issues with two lines in south, west and north-east London led to further delays for commuters in the capital.
Trains were unable to run between Peterborough in Cambridgeshire and Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk after a freight train derailed on Monday.
There were also lengthy delays across northern England after emergency services were called to deal with an incident at Huddersfield after a man was hit by a train.
British Transport Police said they and an ambulance crew were called at 6.21am. “A man in his 50s was taken to hospital for treatment for serious injuries and remains in a critical but stable condition. It is not being treated as suspicious.”
The line was reopened before 8am but the entire rush hour was expected to be affected.
On Monday, it was announced that rail fares for commuters in England and Wales would increase by 3.6% from January – the biggest annual increase in five years.
About 40% of rail fares will be affected, including some season tickets, long-distance off-peak return tickets and anytime tickets in many cities. The rate is linked to the retail price index and there were calls to freeze fares to protect struggling commuters.
This article first appeared on www.theguardian.com
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