Heatwave causes railway delays

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Normal service resumes at Waterloo

Engineering works to fix a broken piece of railway track which had buckled as a result of the recent hot weather have now concluded allowing normal service to resume at Waterloo, reports Network Rail.

South West Trains say they do not expect any further delays to their services but are advising customers to carry extra water for their journeys.

Further delays expected at Waterloo due to weather

Commuters from the South are being warned to expect further delays into Waterloo Station this morning, as emergency engineering works continue on a broken rail which buckled due to the hot weather.

The broken rail is preventing trains entering the station on platforms 1-4 which is likely to continue to cause disruption to other services. Commuters into the below stations are advised to allow extra travel for their journeys;

  • London Waterloo
  • Vauxhall
  • Clapham Junction
  • Earlsfield
  • Wimbledon
  • Dorking
  • Guildford
  • Shepperton
  • Woking

Read: Thousands of commuters stranded at Waterloo due to hot weather.

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Angry commuters take Waterloo pictures

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Waterloo was jam-packed this evening. Credit: @HugoHHarrison

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 'heat related' engineering work outside Waterloo, and signalling problems near Haslemere in Surrey.

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 services."

Commuters have been venting their fury on Twitter, and posting pictures.

Waterloo jam-packed after rail delays

Waterloo
The scene at Waterloo this evening Credit: Christina Martin

Trains on some of the country's busiest routes were cancelled or delayed tonight because of emergency 'heat related' engineering work, causing disruption 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 and signalling problems near Haslemere in Surrey.

Major delays on services out of Waterloo

Trains between London Waterloo and Dorking are cancelled. Customers should travel on Southern services between London Victoria and Dorking. A train shuttle service is in operation between Hampton Court and Surbiton. Passengers will need to change trains at Surbiton.

Services that run from London Waterloo at 50 minutes past each hour to Salisbury / Yeovil Junction / Gillingham are not running between Waterloo and Basingstoke.

Customers travelling from London Waterloo / Woking will need to change trains at Basingstoke or travel on services to Exeter St Davids departing London Waterloo at 20 minutes past each hour. Some services heading towards Waterloo may be cancelled to ease congestion.

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Train delays in Surrey

South West Trains are currently unable to run trains between Guildford and Haslemere due to a power problem affecting the signals in the area. The company is trying to source buses to run between Guildford and Haslemere. Southern will accept passengers on Portsmouth routes.