Irate commuters in London were left frustrated when a train driver ‘forgot’ to stop at a station.

Rail users took to Twitter to say that the train went straight through the station before the driver announced: “I’m very sorry, everyone. The last station was Elephant & Castle and I completely forgot to stop.”

One Twitter user, Matt Warren, remained in good spirits despite the mistake, writing: “The driver was extremely polite and professional… my respects to the driver for his honesty. Deserves a medal.”

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He added that this incident “was a welcome break from the usual nonsense.”

This particular railway line is operated by Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), which is also responsible for Southern, the rail company which has been in the news for disruption caused to commuters after an ongoing disagreement with staff lead to the cancellation of 341 trains a day.

A spokesperson for GTR said: “We understand that the driver apologised to passengers on the train, and was forthcoming about the reason why he didn't stop at the station.

“Unfortunately, although rare, these things do happen occasionally and we would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Another train missed stop in similar circumstances on Sunday afternoon when a Great Western Railway service travelling between Hereford and London missed Slough.

Passengers were instead taken straight into London Paddington.