Network Rail urges railway neighbours to keep objects secure

People living alongside railways are being urged to keep objects in their gardens safely tied down after a wind-blown gazebo caused 60 trains to be cancelled or delayed on one London line.

Gospel Oak to Barking Riverside Overground services were disrupted for about three hours after a gazebo was reported to be blocking the line between Upper Holloway and Crouch Hill stations at around 09.45 on Friday. Passenger and freight trains had to be halted until a Network Response Unit could clear the line.

While it was blocked, there were 15 full train cancellations and eight partial cancellations. Another 37 trains were delayed.

Network Rail Anglia’s head of network delivery Juwad Nasir said: ‘We worked hard to get the railway running again as soon as possible, but unfortunately there was still a big impact on London Overground passengers.

‘I’d ask all our neighbours to tie down anything on their properties that could get on to the tracks. Thank you for helping us keep passengers and freight moving safely and reliably.’

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