ANGRY commuters are questioning whether C2C drivers went on strike last night (Thursday).
There were reports of “absolute mayhem” on overcrowded trains as a whole host of late-night services were cancelled when 14 drivers fell ill.
Operator National Express blamed the chaos on illness but rumours spread among passengers of an unnofficial walkout by staff in revolt over unpopular new timetables.
Up to a dozen services departing Liverpool Street and Fenchurch Street were cancelled with others delayed or carrying a reduced number of carriages from 7.30pm last night.
A tweet from C2C’s official account said: “Sorry, we had a few drivers fall ill today, which mean some evening services had to be cancelled.”
A spokesman for C2C said 14 of its 150 drivers fell ill at the same time causing the near-meltdown.
He said: “We are very sorry for the disruption caused to our passengers last night, when there was a short-term increase in drivers unable to work because of sickness.
“We used our contingency drivers to ensure we still ran the last trains and got everyone home.”