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Limited rail services in and out of London tonight

Following the fire at Vauxhall earlier today, 4 of 8 South West Train lines are still closed and a limited service will be running this evening.

Vauxhall station is partially closed to allow engineers to work on repairing the damage.

People are being advised to check before you travel and we're being asked to use alternative transport where available.

Tickets valid for travel today will now also be valid for travel tomorrow (06 May 2016), off peak ticket restrictions are lifted today and you will be able to travel on the first available train service.

The video below shows the chaos at Woking Station this evening as commuters continue to try and get home.

TRAVEL - TRAINS: South West Trains services suspended between London Waterloo and Windsor & Eton Riverside

Rail services have been suspended on South West Trains between London Waterloo and Shepperton, and between London Waterloo and Windsor and Eton Riverside due to a lineside fire discovered earlier this morning at Vauxhall. This is expected to continue until later this morning.

A limited commuter service is in operation to and from London Waterloo, however passengers are advised not to travel into Waterloo unless it is absolutely necessary.

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TRAVEL - TRAINS: Trains suspended between Ascot & London Waterloo

Rail services have been suspended on South West Trains between London Waterloo and Twickenham, between London Waterloo and Ascot and between London Waterloo and Hounslow due to a lineside fire discovered earlier this morning at Vauxhall.

This is expected to continue until later this morning. A limited commuter service is in operation to and from London Waterloo, however passengers are advised not to travel into Waterloo unless it is absolutely necessary.

Bank holiday rail disruption for passengers - train lines shut for improvement works

Rail engineering works are underway over the bank holiday weekend

Tens of thousands of rail passengers are facing disruptions this bank holiday weekend. Engineering works are taking place on key lines - with no service on the Gatwick Express. The Brighton mainline, South West Trains and Great Western services will also be affected. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.

The interviewees are Chris Denham from Network Rail; and Paul Clark, an engineer who has been chosen to appear on the project's awareness posters at stations.

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.

TRAVEL - TRAINS: Surrey & Hampshire - buses replace trains between Farnham & Alton

Replacement buses are running instead of trains between Farnham and Alton. Emergency engineering works are underway after an embankment was found to be unstable.

South West trains says using the stretch of track could put passenger safety at risk. Do check times before you travel.

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Passengers warned of major rail disruption

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Emergency engineering work will lead to major disruption for passengers on the line between Alton and Farnham tomorrow. It is understood that keeping the line running could put passenger safety at risk. An unstable embankment is blamed and it is not clear when it will reopen. Buses will replace trains on the key commuter route.

This statement has just been issued by Network Rail:

Network Rail is advising passengers to check before they travel as its engineers have begun emergency repair work to a railway embankment between Farnham in Surrey and Alton in Hampshire.

Network Rail’s orange army has been monitoring the stability of this embankment and has taken the decision to temporarily close the line following the weather forecast of heavy rain tonight, which could further affect the embankment’s stability.

The temporary closure will allow engineers to investigate the source of the issues and begin the process of fixing the problem. By temporarily closing the line it will ensure the safety of passengers and minimise the risk of any unplanned closures in the future. Unfortunately due to the early stage of the investigation work, it is not possible to predict at this time when the line will reopen.

Network Rail apologises for the inconvenience caused, but the safety of passengers must always be its highest priority. During the temporary closure, South West Trains is running a replacement bus service from Farnham to Alton, calling at Bentley. Passengers are advised to check before they travel through National Rail Enquiries or South West Trains.

South West Trains boss says railways are a success - but admits trouble with overcrowding

The boss of South West Trains says rail privatisation has been a success but admits some trains are too overcrowded.

Tim Shoveller, the company's Managing Director, hit back at critics who say handing over the rails to the private sector - 20 years ago - was a disaster.

Mr Shoveller started his career as a guard at Guildford 25 years ago.

He says passenger numbers have doubled to over 600,000 a day and SWT is now by far the busiest commuter railway in Europe. He says there has been record investment.

But he admits trains are overcrowded at busy times and measures are needed to urgently reduce the problem. He spoke exclusively to our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse

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