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Lightning strike causes Waterloo commuter chaos

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Thousands of passengers faced hours of delays getting home this evening after a lightening strike in Staines caused trains to be cancelled.

South West trains from Waterloo to Reading, Weybridge, Windor, Hounslow and Feltham were all affected among others.

Tickets are being accepted on Great Western Railway, London Underground and replacement bus services.

South West said passengers should check its incident page on its website before travelling.


South West Trains travel advice over mass cancellations from Waterloo

South West Trains travel advice over mass cancellations from Waterloo. Credit: PA

South West Trains has begun issuing travel advice over mass cancellations from Waterloo amid reports of chaos at the station.

Due to the emergency services dealing with an incident earlier today between London Waterloo and Clapham Junction fewer trains are able to run on all lines.

– South West Trains

Officials said that train services running across the whole South West Trains network may be cancelled, meaning that passengers could be delayed by up to an hour and a half.

Disruption is expected until 8pm.


Man charged with murder of man at Waterloo Station

A man has been charged with murder after he was arrested over the death of a man in Waterloo. Mark Dwayne Patten, 30 of Thornton Heath appears in custody at Camberwell Magistrates' Court on Monday 05 January charged murder of a 43-year-old man in Waterloo Road on Saturday January 3.

Whilst the victim has not yet been formally identified, detectives are satisfied he was Menelaos Aligizakis, 43.

Detectives continue to appeal for witnesses and information and urge anyone who can assist the investigation to call the incident room on 020 8721 4005 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via

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
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