A major rail operator has apologised after east London commuters were hit by delays.

Rush hour travellers on the c2c network were hit with hold-ups on Tuesday morning (September 12) when a line was blocked due to a signalling system fault between Barking and London Fenchurch Street.

The operator has apologised, saying the problem came about because of damage caused to the telecoms and signalling cables.

Rob Mullen, c2c managing director, said: “We are really sorry to all of our customers who were caught up in disruption on the c2c route.

“We know this will have caused extensive delays to your journeys especially as it happened at the worst possible time during the morning peak.”

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