Lightning strike causes rail delays on London services

Rail passengers are being warned to expect delays after a lightning strike hit a signal box between Surbiton and Walton on Thames.

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Weather disrupts train travel

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Commuters suffered severe disruptions on the trains yesterday. Thousands were affected by delays and cancellations on the busy commuter routes from stations like Paddington and Waterloo.

There were seven cancellations to services by First Great Western due to "poor weather conditions". While South West trains said their "engineers had worked through the night to avoid further delays."

No weather warnings have been issued for this weekend. However, there is a significant chance of heavy showers in London and the South East today.


Rail passengers facing severe delays and 'reduced timetable' throughout the night

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Rail passengers are facing long delays and a reduced timetable throughout the night following thunderstorms today. First Great Western have managed to offer a reduced timetable but have warned there will be severe disruptions.

Services between London Paddington and Reading, Swindon, Bristol , West of England and South Wales are being severely disrupted due to major signalling problems in the Twyford area, between Reading and Maidenhead, due to an earlier lighting strike. Customers travelling to and from London Paddington are advised that we are having to introduce a reduced timetable. South West Trains services from London Waterloo are experiencing similar problems to their service, and we can only offer our customers ticket acceptance on Chiltern Services between London Marylebone and Banbury.


Commuter chaos at Waterloo after signal failure


Signalling problems resolved but delays remain

The following services are expected to be disrupted:

  • Trains between London Waterloo and Dorking will not be running. Passengers will need to use alternative trains to Epsom and change there for Southern services, or join Southern services from London Victoria / Clapham Junction.
  • Trains between London Waterloo and Shepperton will run via an alternative route and will not call at stations between Earlsfield and Fulwell.
  • Trains between London Waterloo and Hampton Court will not be running. Passengers will need to use London Buses.
  • Trains between London Waterloo and Exeter / Salisbury will only run between Basingstoke and Exeter / Salisbury . Passengers will need to take a train to Basingstoke and change there to complete your journey.
  • Trains between London Waterloo and Guildford via Cobham will make an additional stop at Berrylands.
  • London bound trains from Weymouth will all call at Basingstoke, Woking and Clapham Junction.
  • Trains from London Waterloo to Portsmouth via Basingstoke that leave London Waterloo at 9 minutes past the hour will now depart at 20 minutes past each hour and will not call at Farnborough Main or Fleet. Passengers for Farnborough and Fleet will need to use alternative services towards Basingstoke.
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