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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"

Heat causes Waterloo meltdown

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COMMUTERS avoid Waterloo MT: Good luck to anyone else who has to deal with station tonight! http://t.co/4ZIgt90sHN via @christinamartin

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Major delays on services out of London Waterloo after tracks buckle in the heat http://t.co/XszkIe1IsD via @itvnews

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@alstewitn Fast trains leave Waterloo for Woking at 00, 09, 15, 30, 45 past the hour. Sorry for the problems

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Major plans for Vauxhall, Waterloo, Elephant and Castle and Old Street

Boris Johnson at a press photocall this morning Credit: ITN

The Mayor's Roads Task Force report aims to ensure the capital can cope with major population growth, support jobs and thousands of new homes in the coming years.

The ambitious £30 billion road improvement plan for London was produced by a task force set up by Mayor Boris Johnson.

The 20-year vision includes improvement to the North and South Circular roads, new "flyunders" and major schemes at Vauxhall, Waterloo, Elephant and Castle and Old Street.

There are also plans for improved bus services, more 20 mph zones, and proposals to improve cycling and walking.

Problem cannot be fixed today

Problem cannot be fixed without causing significant further disruption Credit: Martin Keene/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Southwest trains say it is not possible to fix the problem during the day without causing significant further disruption to trains so the work will be carried out tonight after the close of service.

Because of this, they advise that the following changes will apply until end of service:

  • London Waterloo to Hampton Court services which depart at 06 and 36 minutes past the hour will start at Surbiton.

  • Hampton Court to London Waterloo services which depart at 24 and 54 minutes past the hour will terminate at Surbiton.

  • Passengers for London Waterloo from Hampton Court and Thames Ditton should change at Surbiton

These changes will apply until approximately 19:00:

  • London Waterloo to Dorking services which depart at 24 and 54 minutes past the hour are cancelled.

  • Dorking to London Waterloo services which depart at 05 and 35 minute past the hour are cancelled.

  • Passengers should use Southern services to Clapham Junction and London Victoria.

  • Some services from London Waterloo to Guildford will call additionally at Raynes Park, New Malden and Berrylands.

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