Passengers on the c2c line to and from London Fenchurch Street have been warned to try and use Greater Anglia to get home after a heatstroke death near Barking earlier this afternoon.
At around 4.30pm, passengers approaching Barking station noticed that the train was slowing down – a number of people have remarked that the train’s air conditioning had been switched off since leaving London with external temperatures reaching 32 degrees Celsius.
Commuter Joo-Lien Jewellery said: ‘This air conditioning hasn’t been working properly for weeks, and I have kept saying that it was only a matter of time before there was a serious incident in the heat.’
‘Our train just came to a standstill about 200 metres outside of Barking station, and the carriage was making a horrible hissing noise before it fainted – luckily there were only a few of us hardy one-stop-hoppers in there.’
‘A team of engineers arrived shortly afterwards with equipment to put our carriage back on to the rails, but sadly the whole train was pronounced dead at the scene. It’s a horrible thing to happen to rolling stock that isn’t even ten years old.’
‘I remember being on a slam-door service that came down with pantograph fever in 1989, and it was touch and go for while.’
A spokesperson for c2c spoked: ‘We regret to announce that one of our trains died of heatstroke today, and it’s surviving depot bay at Shoeburyness has asked everyone to respect their privacy at this difficult time.’
‘It is a cruel but important reminder that our trains are working under incredible pressure from members of the public, and also that they should be treated with respect at all times.’
All c2c services for the next seven days will run at 10 mph with frequent and random stops as a mark of respect.