A train’s pantograph that crashed into the roof of London’s Blackfriars station caused delays and transport misery for commuters in London on the first working day of 2014.
Thankfully, there were no casualties but it caused a significant amount of delay to commuters who have been slapped with higher fares to pay while returning to work on the first working day of the year
It seemed the apparatus had not been lowered at Farringdon station before it went straight into the ceiling at Blackfriars on Thursday morning.
The train was the 8:58am southbound service from St Albans to Sevenoaks.
First Capital Connect (FCC) described the incident on Twitter as a ‘broken down train’ which was later moved, allowing services to be resumed.
The line is shared with Southeastern Railways who said: ‘Today at 10am a Sevenoaks-bound service broke down at Blackfriars railway station after one of the pantographs, used to collect power from overhead lines north of Farringdon, hit the ceiling.
‘This is a shared service with First Capital Connect. Southeastern is currently investigation into how this could have happened. No passengers were in any danger at any time but the incident did cause delays of up to 45 minutes until the train was moved an hour later.’
Owners of the train, First Capital Connect, later reported in their Twitter account at 11:15am that the affected train has been removed.