Abandoned car causes commuter chaos near London

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Commuters were plunged into a rush hour disaster as an abandoned car on train lines between Pitsea, Essex and London Fenchurch Street disrupted travel plans.

Emergency services were called to the scene in attempt to move the Volkswagen Polo, as well as making sure that there was no one in the stationary vehicle. It had been found blocking the lines at around 4.15am on Tuesday, but took many hours to remove.

Rail services were disrupted throughout the morning as a result of the abandoned car.

Rail operator c2c said on Twitter: "Wheels fell off car when it was attempted to be pushed from line. Had to then wait to be winched out.

Network Rail also tweeted: "Please be reminded, a railway track is not a safe place to park your car!

"Not only is this immensely dangerous for passengers, railway staff or the driver of the vehicle, but the time taken to remove cars, trampolines, or fly tipping causes delays to your journey."

It is reported that officers had been pursuing the car after it failed to stop on a road near to the railway line. It was also reported that a man had been arrested on suspicion of assault and firearms offences."

A spokesperson for c2c said: "We're sorry to our passengers who faced disruption throughout the morning peak." He also added that the disruption was to continue for much of the morning period.