Mayor Boris Johnson will meet with rail bosses tomorrow after second day of chaos at London Bridge station

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London Bridge suffered severe crowding chaos (Source: Getty)

London Mayor Boris Johnson's meeting with rail bosses tomorrow is likely be dominated by the fallout of another disastrous day of overcrowding at London Bridge station.

The Mayor's meeting with senior staff at Network Rail was already on the books before commuters suffered a second day of delays and "dangerous overcrowding". Johnson will demand the rail operator get its act together and find a solution to the problem, which could rumble on for a significant period of time.

A spokesman for the Mayor said:

he Mayor shares the frustration of commuters and sympathises with them over the enormous inconvenience they've endured. He will be raising the recent disruption at London Bridge and indeed the chaotic scenes at Finsbury Park over Christmas with Network Rail when he meets with them.

The Mayor wants to hear what went wrong, and to understand what lessons can be learned and how the situation can be better managed going forward.

The London Assembly's transport committee also weighed into the debate demanding the heads of Network Rail appear before them to answer for the poor service.

Rail chiefs will be under intense pressure to explain how they will avoid a repeat of last night's chaos as the station undergoes further development work over the next three years.

The Department of Transport has already issued a warning to Network Rail that it must deal with the "unacceptable" situation at London Bridge.

A spokesman for Network Rail said there will be more staff and information screens at the central London station by the end of the week to deal with overcrowding. Platforms 10 and 11 will remain closed for the next year.

A freedom of information (FOI) request by London Loves Business revealed that Londoners have been delayed on the Tube close to 900 times since 2010, thanks to overcrowding.

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