Chaos for thousands of commuters as dozens of Waterloo trains are delayed or cancelled due to late engineering works – with disruption set to last until midday
Thousands of commuters endured a disastrous commute to work today after all lines in the London Waterloo area were blocked due to overrunning engineering works.
No trains could run to and from Britain’s busiest station during rush hour this morning – with some starting or terminating at Woking, 30 miles away in Surrey.
National Rail said services were expected to be disrupted until at least midday, while officials admitted that there was ‘no firm estimate for the line to reopen.
Karen van Rooyen tweeted this picture and said: ‘Get up early to make sure you get the early train and then this happens… Thanks! Just what you need on a Friday morning!’
Commuter Derren John Powell tweeted this photo and said: ‘Another great end to the week. Thanks so much, South Western Railway. You really are the gift that keeps giving’
Twitter user Darrell1uk posted this picture from Richmond station in South West London today
Commuter Derren John Powell tweeted: ‘Another great end to the week. Thanks so much, South Western Railway. You really are the gift that keeps giving.’
Karen van Rooyen said: ‘Get up early to make sure you get the early train and then this happens… Thanks! Just what you need on a Friday morning!
‘As if it’s not bad enough that we pay extortionate prices for tickets then we have to put up with this! Just not good enough!’
Sports physio Adam Goode added: ‘Absolute jokers. Yet another morning service disrupted with no appropriate updates. Patients booked in from 7am and no idea how long I’ll be delayed. Paying for the privilege as well with increased yearly fees!’
Rail tickets were accepted on Great Western Railway services between Basingstoke, Reading and London Paddington, as well as Southern services via any route.
They were also accepted on the London Underground between Paddington and Waterloo, and between Richmond or Wimbledon and Waterloo.
Commuters were also advised that they could use London buses between Wimbledon, Clapham Junction and Waterloo.
A South Western Railway spokesman tweeted: ‘Due to Network Rail overrunning engineering works at London Waterloo all lines are blocked.
‘Train services running to and from this station may be cancelled, delayed or revised.’