Storms cause commuter chaos

Tens of thousands of commuters were left stranded tonight after lightning caused chaos at two of London’s busiest stations.

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London rail travel disruption

Passengers travelling in and out of London are facing delays this morning after rail and underground services were cancelled or delayed.

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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
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

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Delays of up to 40 minutes

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The first 'West of England' service to run normally from London will be the 17:20 London Waterloo to Exeter St Davids service #Wimbledon

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.

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Dozens of delayed and cancelled trains at Waterloo

There are still long delays at Waterloo Station this evening, after a man was seen on the tracks. The station came to a standstill during this evening's rush while British Transport Police led him off the line.

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