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Disruption to all South West Trains services expected until end of day

Disruption to all SW Trains services expected all day Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive

Following a severe incident at Wimbledon this morning, it was necessary to significantly reduce the number of trains through Wimbledon while this incident was ongoing.

Trains and crew that were scheduled to work on trains around our network were not able to get on to these trains due to the disruption. This has had a further impact on our service recovery and spread the problem from our Suburban services to our Windsor services (Waterloo to Staines).

We have reinstated trains on each line of route with the exception of London Waterloo to Salisbury trains which will continue to start from Basingstoke in both directions until 1720.The 1720 London Waterloo - Exeter St Davids departure will be the first service to run its booked route.

Whilst we work to introduce services back into normal operation, customers may see further last minute alterations. Please check before you travel.

Disruption to all services on the South West Trains network can be expected until the end of service today.

Alternative travel options:Passengers may use First Capital Connect, First Great Western, Southern, London Buses, London Underground and London Trams services on all reasonable routes.

– South West Trains


Delays of up to 40 minutes

National Rail says the delays are caused by a person having been hit by a train at Wimbledon earlier today. Although all lines have now reopened there are still delays of up to 40 minutes while services recover.

Alterations and cancellations to trains between London Waterloo and Staines are also occurring because of trains and train crew being out of place because of this earlier disruption.

In addition to the delays, trains between London Waterloo and Salisbury / Exeter are currently starting from and terminating at Basingstoke. The first train to run normally from London will be the 17:20 London Waterloo to Exeter St Davids service.


Waterloo 'will be back to normal in the morning'

Passengers faced long delays in sweltering conditions due to emergency engineering work Credit: @BourbonKid

South West Trains are promising that commuter services will be "normal" in the morning, following hours of delays due to engineering work.

In a statement, the company said: "Safety is our absolute priority. We have no choice but to make sure these repairs are carried out before we can restore train services on these lines."

Waterloo delays due to emergency engineering work

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.

SW Trains apologises as Waterloo grinds to a halt

Christina Martin snapped this image of the chaos at London Waterloo Credit: @christinamartin on Twitter

A spokeswoman for South West Trains said:

"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"

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