A series of cancellations of train services running out of London last night led to some extreme sardine-like conditions on lines taking workers home from Liverpool Street and Fenchurch Street stations, with regional operator C2C apparently suffering severe staffing problems that triggered chaos on some evening lines.
Workers trying to get home to their Essex executive homes were hit by a string of cancellations, as numerous trains were axed, cut short, re-routed or terminated early. One particularly grim case reported in the Standard says witnesses reported that a couple of businessmen, hemmed in by commuters and unable to reach the toilets, weed themselves in their seats.
The rail company's Twitter feed from last night is a wall of cancellation notifications...
...with the company telling angry users it was "having some train crew issues" when badgered. Unofficially, word is that staff staged an impromptu walkout over timetabling issues, although C2C and its owner National Express are yet to offer a full explanation, sticking with the excuse that "14 of its 150 drivers" coincidentally fell ill at the same time. Must've been the prawn sandwiches at Pret. [Standard]