Disruption all day after train derails at Waterloo

Major chaos for South West Trains customers heading to London Waterloo. Problems are expected all day after a train derailed and a signal failure.

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Derailed train removed from London Waterloo

A train that derailed at London Waterloo station has been removed from its position.

It's hoped now the carriage is cleared, delays will start to ease.

"The derailed train at London Waterloo has now been removed and repairs to the track were completed overnight, following yesterday's partial derailment.

"Two of the three platforms have now re-opened and we are expecting to operate virtually all of the planned services today. However, passengers are advised that there may still be delays whilst we work to re-open the third platform."

– Network Rail

Second day of delays following derailment at Waterloo

Train services are returning to normal after the derailment yesterday but some delays can be expected all day.

The train has now been moved and one platform remains closed while the track is repaired.

South West Trains say it's advice not to travel has now been lifted but say there will still be delays.

The company has issued the following apology...

I am very sorry for the disruption that you faced whilst travelling on our network (today/yesterday). A low speed derailment of a passenger train leaving platform 11 at London Waterloo on Tuesday 15 August meant that South West Trains services were disrupted throughout the day.

Until the issue was resolved, trains were unable to use platforms 1 to 13 at Waterloo, with platforms 1 – 10 not able to be used due to the ongoing Waterloo Upgrade work.

Engineers worked to “re-rail” the train, however this was discovered to be more complicated than initially anticipated and took longer to complete than expected. Engineers also carried out inspection of the track and repaired any damage found caused by the incident.

– Christian Neill, Head of Customer Experience, South West Trains


Rail delays will last into Wednesday

Delays for rail commuters - travelling to Waterloo - were so bad that people were warned not to travel at all.

The cause, a partial derailment, brought the network to a standstill. It meant another day of difficult journeys for thousands of people from our region, trying to get to the capital for work.

Video of scene at Waterloo after train derailment

Video of scene after derailment. Major chaos for South West Trains customers heading to London Waterloo. Problems are expected all day after a train derailed and a signal failure. Video from Mark Steadman.

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Derailed train to cause disruption for 'a few days'

No one was injured when the Freight Train derailed Credit: CrossCountry Trains

Disruption to train services between Peterborough and Ely is likely to continue for 'a few days'.

A Freight Train caused extensive damage when it derailed yesterday (14 August) and all trains are unable to run until repairs are carried out.

East Midlands Trains said:

There has been a derailed train yesterday between Ely North Junction and Ely West Junction. This is between Peterborough and Ely and continues disrupting our trains on the Liverpool Lime Street / Nottingham / Norwich route.

Today, our trains from Norwich to Liverpool Lime Street will start at Peterborough and our trains from Liverpool Lime Street to Norwich will terminate at Peterborough.

– East Midlands Trains statement

Network Rail engineers are on site working to recover the derailed wagons, which will need lifting away by crane.

Cross Country say they are running replacement bus services between Ely and Peterborough until further notice.


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