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Rail misery for hundreds of thousands of London commuters

Hundreds of thousands of commuters face anarchy today after being told not to travel to London.

South West Trains said services across the whole of its network, including to and from London Waterloo, may be cancelled, delayed by up to 90 minutes or revised.

Passengers are being advised not to travel to the country’s busiest railway station because of a signal failure.

And five Tube lines were also hit with delays and cancellations after signal problems and overrunning engineering works scuppered this morning’s commute.

South West Trains said services across the whole of its network, including to and from London Waterloo (file picture), may be cancelled, delayed by up to 90 minutes or revised

South West Trains said disruption is expected until the end of the day with cancellations and long delays predicted.

A message to passengers said: ‘Our control room has confirmed that we have lost all signalling in the Earlsfield area and are not able to run trains into London Waterloo.

‘Due to the location, this has taken place our ability to run a train service this morning has been severely hampered.

‘Our engineers are on site and are working hard to restore the signalling so we are able to run trains.

‘We strongly advise you not to travel towards London Waterloo. If you do travel, please consider alternative arrangements and use other train operating companies.

‘A queueing system may be implemented at your local station to help us get you to where you need to go safely.

‘Some trains that commenced their journeys before this incident occurred, may be altered or revised at short notice. Some trains may also be diverted via an alternative route.’ 

Commuters were dismayed by the travel disruption on Monday's commute

Commuters were dismayed by the travel disruption on Monday’s commute

SWT had already warned of disruption because of a track defect on a set of points between Woking and Surbiton, which blocked the London-bound fast line.

The disruption comes just weeks before the start of major work to extend platforms at Waterloo, which will lead to three weeks of delays.

Stagecoach has lost the franchise to run SWT, with a consortium of the First Group and Hong Kong based MTR taking over next month. 

 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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