Watford’s mayor has blasted repeat travel chaos for the town as he called for an urgent meeting with rail bosses.

Disruption is expected until the end of the day today (April 3) after a fault between Watford Junction and Milton Keynes Central.

It comes after more than 12 hours of disruption yesterday on the same line after a fault near Euston, a planned full closure over Easter Weekend for works, and two separate Abbey Line closures due to damage within a week.

Watford mayor Peter Taylor said: “People using train services to and from Watford pay very high fares for a service that is not reliable enough.

"Lots of people have complained to me about services that are delayed, cancelled or overcrowded.

"We are simply not getting the service we pay for."

Watford Observer: Watford mayor Peter Taylor.Watford mayor Peter Taylor. (Image: Watford Liberal Democrats)

He said he had demanded the urgent meeting to discuss what is going on and how the situation can be improved.

"The poor service we are getting at the moment is having a big impact on the lives of many residents and local businesses too.

“Rail services in this country are so much worse than in many other places. They are too expensive, unreliable and overcrowded.”

Mr Taylor also highlighted that regulated train fares rose by 4.9 per cent on March 3, “but travellers still receive a poor service”.

Watford Observer: London Euston yesterday (April 2).London Euston yesterday (April 2). (Image: X/@hazr198)

Yesterday, a signal fault at London Euston caused some lines to and from the station to become blocked.

National Rail first reported the fault at 11.28am, with cancellations expected until 1pm, but the end time was continually pushed back before it admitted they would last until the end of the day.

A London Northwestern Railway spokesperson said: “We apologise to passengers whose journeys from Watford Junction have been subject to disruption recently as a result of signalling failures at London Euston and industrial action on the railway.

"Our primary focus is to improve reliability and we are happy to meet with the Mayor to discuss working together on this issue.

“Any passengers whose journeys have been delayed by 15 minutes or more as a result of disruption should claim compensation via the Delay Repay scheme.”