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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


Turkey dinners for rail engineers working away over Christmas

Rail passengers are continuing to face major disruption with Paddington Station closed until Friday and changes to train times at Waterloo and London Bridge.

This is the work being carried out at Maidenhead as part of the Crossrail project. New track and overhead line equipment is being installed.

The work is costing £45 million and one of the biggest ever by Network Rail.

Thousands of Network Rail engineers have been working on the track over Christmas but say they didn't go without a turkey dinner on Christmas Day. Darren Coleman, Network Rail’s Project Director for Crossrail West, explains:

Rail works to cause disruption over festive season

Rail passengers have been braving the network during festive engineering works

Thousands of rail passengers are facing difficult journeys this festive seaon with Christmas holiday engineering works underway.

Paddington station in London is closed for six days and Waterloo shuts from eight o'clock on Christmas Eve. The disruption will continue until the New Year. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse spoke to passengers and Mark Carne - the Chief Executive of Network Rail.

Rail boss: 'I know it's disruptive, but it's the quietest time of year...'

The head of Network Rail has justified the closure of major mainline railway stations such as London Paddington and Waterloo over the Christmas holidays this year.

The firm's Chief Executive Mark Carne said he was sure passengers would understand that this is the quietest time of year on the rails.


£6m of improvements for railways in Fareham area

Six million pounds of work to improve the rail line in Hampshire got underway today at Fareham in Hampshire.

The works mean disruption for thousands of passengers for nine days. However, Network Rail has said it will be worth it, because the changes will make the service better and more reliable. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.

The interviewees are Suella Fernandes, the MP for Fareham; and Owen Jones from Network Rail.


Landslip means more delays for commuters

Commuters are facing further delays- after a landslip on the railway line between Farnham and Alton. The track has been shut since the embankment became unstable. Rock and soil fell away from the track at Wrecclesham. It's believed it was caused by heavy rain earlier this month. Engineers are now working to make the area safe as Sally Simmonds reports.

Rail disruption continues - Dover sea wall repairs won't be finished till December

Dover's sea wall collapsed last December

Network Rail have revealed that the railway line between Dover and Folkestone which was damaged when a sea wall collapsed, will not be fully repaired until the end of the year.

The line was breached near Dover at Christmas time and it was known that the work would take some time, but today's announcement is the first confirmation that works are not expected to be complete until December. It means many more months of disruption for commuters who use rail routes in the area.

ITV Meridian correspondent Derek Johnson filed this report back in February when questions about the issue were raised.

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