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More misery for rail passengers after long weekend

Overrunning engineering works at London Waterloo meant fresh misery for passengers from the South returning to work after the long weekend.

On the day the station was due to re-open, around half of train services at our key commuter routes were cancelled due to a problem with the signalling system.

It meant more frustration for commuters who have had a month of severely reduced and slower services. Our Transport Correspondent, Mike Pearse reports.

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Major disruption at Waterloo as upgrade works overrun

According to South Western Railway there is expected to be major disruption at London Waterloo station until at least 12 midday after engineering works on a large-scale upgrade of the station overran.

Passengers are advised to check before travelling. In a statement issued by Network Rail earlier this morning, it was said that only early passenger trains would experience delays.

"The upgrades taking place at Waterloo station are some of the biggest and most complex engineering projects ever undertaken on the railway.

"We are entering the final stages of that programme and are preparing the railway and station for trains and passengers.

"During the process of testing the complex signalling, we identified an issue in this safety critical system, which we are working to resolve. This will take some time to fix and a small number of early passenger trains may be delayed as a result.

"We are working hard to minimise delays to passengers, but safety is our number one priority."

– Network Rail spokesperson, update at 4am

Emergency changes to rail timetable for Kent & Sussex

Passengers travelling on rail services from Kent and East Sussex to London have faced more disruption this morning after emergency changes to the timetable were made late last night.

All Southeastern trains that were due to run into Waterloo will now be diverted to Blackfriars because of fears engineering works might overrun at the station.

Services were to use the Waterloo International terminal while London Bridge, Waterloo East and Charing Cross are closed this week to allow for works on the Thameslink project.

"We're now unable to run services to Waterloo as planned on Tuesday due to the major upgrade works. We have been instructed by Network Rail to run these trains to and from Blackfriars instead. Our passengers' tickets will be accepted on specific Tube and London buses to ensure a smooth onward journey. We will also have more Southeastern employees at stations to help our passengers.

"We would like to remind everyone to check before they travel and follow us on twitter @SE_railway and check our website for the latest information."

– Ellie Burrows, Southeastern train services director

The affected stations are:

  • Dover Priory
  • Folkestone Central
  • Folkestone West
  • Sandling
  • Westenhanger
  • Ashford International
  • Pluckley
  • Headcorn
  • Staplehurst
  • Marden
  • Paddock Wood
  • Tonbridge
  • Sevenoaks
  • Ramsgate
  • Minster
  • Sturry
  • Canterbury West
  • Chartham
  • Chilham
  • Wye
  • Sandwich
  • Deal
  • Walmer
  • Martin Mill

Protest held in guards row amid new SWT franchise

  • Watch the full report by Mike Pearse below
Credit: ITV Meridian

The RMT union has been protesting to keep guards on trains on the first full day of the new South West Trains franchise.

Members have been demonstrating at Waterloo station in a bid not to extend driver only operation to the service.

Credit: ITV Meridian

The new owners First Group, which already owns Great Western Railway, takes over the company at a time when August upgrade work is putting pressure on services.

As Mike Pearse reports.

Mike spoke to Mick Cash, General Secretary, RMT and Andy Mellors, Managing Director of South Western Railway and Owen Johns from Network Rail.

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Thousands of passengers stranded at London Waterloo

There are major delays at London Waterloo Station this evening

Tens of thousands of South West Trains passengers are tonight caught up in major disruption with long delays and cancellations to services from Waterloo to the south.

Passengers say conditions in the hot weather are unbearable.

A series of signal and track failures have led to massive delays.

The problem is expected to last until the end of service.

Scrum at Waterloo as thousands of rugby fans head to World Cup opener

Rugby fans head to Twickenham for England's opening game Credit: ITV Meridian

Thousands of rugby fans are at Waterloo making the trip to the Twickenham opening of the World Cup. The station is on the line to Windsor and Reading.

Regular passengers were asked to consider changing travel during the rush hour to avoid crowding.

Passengers were asked to consider changing travel plans Credit: ITV Meridian

While Waterloo is extremely busy, services and the flow of passengers is working well.

Many appear to have heeded the travel advice.

England will kick off the Rugby World Cup against Fiji Credit: ITV Meridian

Delayed South West Trains commuters are thanked for their "patience and understanding"

Commuters hit by long delays on South West Trains services into London Waterloo this morning have been re-acting to a tweet thanking them for their patience.

Long delays are expected until lunchtime due to signalling problems between Wimbledon and London Waterloo.

Rail commuters warned of rush hour delays

The problem has now been fixed but there will be 'residual delays' Credit: PA

Commuters in the Thames Valley have been warned they will have to deal with disruption for several hours during the morning rush after a signalling problem on a busy railway line into London.

Passengers could be delayed by up to an hour as a result of a problem between Wimbledon and Earlsfield which sparked cancellations on services into and out of Waterloo.

The signalling problem between Wimbledon and Earlsfield has now been resolved and trains are now able to run to and from London Waterloo via Wimbledon.

However, we expect there will be knock-on disruption for several hours. Delays of up to 60 minutes to journeys are expected until services fully return to normal.

– A spokesman for South West Trains
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