Trains on some of the country's busiest routes were cancelled or delayed tonight because of emergency engineering work and signalling problems, causing travel chaos for thousands of passengers.
South West Trains services to and from London Waterloo were hit at the height of the evening rush hour, on one of the hottest days of the year.The disruption was caused by emergency engineering work outside Waterloo, and signalling problems near Haslemere in Surrey.
"We would like to apologise for the disruption our customers will face on their journeys home tonight.
As a result of emergency engineering work to fix a track defect, we are unable to use four platforms at Waterloo which is having a serious impact on the services we can deliver.
Because of that we will have to run an amended timetable for the rest of the day.
Safety is our absolute priority. We have no choice but to make sure these repairs are carried out before we can restore train services. We expect to run a normal service from tomorrow morning. We would like to apologise again to our customers for this and thank them for their patience"
Today Network Rail unveiled their five year plan to increase the "capacity and capability" of its services. London tonight spoke to Tim Shoveller, Managing Director of Network Rail about the proposed ideas.