Sutton station operating on 'train by train basis' after electrical explosion - Southern and First Capital Connect passengers warned of further delays

Wandsworth Guardian: Sutton station at lunchtime today: Three-quarters of a mile of electrical cable could be replaced Sutton station at lunchtime today: Three-quarters of a mile of electrical cable could be replaced

All lines to Sutton station are now open following an explosion earlier today, but travellers have been warned delays are continuing.

The station, in Brighton Road, was closed for several hours this morning after an electrical cable exploded under the platform at platform 2.

Workmen start repairing the faulty cable on platform 2

The incident caused travel chaos across south London with no trains able to pass through the station and one train stuck between Sutton and Carshalton for three hours.

Although Sutton station has reopened, staff there say they are operating on a "train by train basis" with all services subject to sudden cancellations and delays.

It is understood the explosion was caused by a fault and means up to three-quarters-of a-mile of cable now needs replacing.

Commuters have been advised to allow extra time for their journeys this evening. 

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2:54pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Michael Pantlin says...

Can anyone explain clearly what it means to operate "on a train by train" basis?
Is there, for example, a man with red and green flags deciding by the look of an approaching train whether it gets allowed in to the station?
Can anyone explain clearly what it means to operate "on a train by train" basis? Is there, for example, a man with red and green flags deciding by the look of an approaching train whether it gets allowed in to the station? Michael Pantlin
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3:12pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Marie from Sutton says...

Ah, it may be a shiny train .....
Ah, it may be a shiny train ..... Marie from Sutton
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7:57pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Daniel Dunican says...

Michael Pantlin wrote:
Can anyone explain clearly what it means to operate "on a train by train" basis?
Is there, for example, a man with red and green flags deciding by the look of an approaching train whether it gets allowed in to the station?
basically because of major disruption they don't know what trains are going to turn up (E.G. Running or canncelled). its as and when do they can inform passengers what service is on the platform as and when they arrive to the station or the local track area. E.G down the line at hack bridge.
[quote][p][bold]Michael Pantlin[/bold] wrote: Can anyone explain clearly what it means to operate "on a train by train" basis? Is there, for example, a man with red and green flags deciding by the look of an approaching train whether it gets allowed in to the station?[/p][/quote]basically because of major disruption they don't know what trains are going to turn up (E.G. Running or canncelled). its as and when do they can inform passengers what service is on the platform as and when they arrive to the station or the local track area. E.G down the line at hack bridge. Daniel Dunican
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