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.
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.
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.
The affected stations are:
- Dover Priory
- Folkestone Central
- Folkestone West
- Ashford International
- Paddock Wood
- Canterbury West
- Martin Mill
- Watch the full report by Mike Pearse below
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.
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.
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.
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.
While Waterloo is extremely busy, services and the flow of passengers is working well.
Many appear to have heeded the travel advice.
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.