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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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TRAVEL - TRAINS: HAMPSHIRE Disruption between Alton & Farnham

Replacement bus service running on South West Trains between Alton and Farnham due to emergency engineering works.

Buses are replacing trains between Alton & Farnham, extending journey times by up to 20 minutes.Buses will not be calling at Bentley, passengers will be provided with taxis instead. Disruption is expected until 11:00.

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Rail firm's apology over 'fat people' announcement

Rail company apology over fat people announcement Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/Press Association Images

South West Trains have apologised for an announcement urging fat people to stay on their feet due to overcrowding.

The train was full of commuters when a member of staff reportedly said: 'We are going to be like sardines on this train, so can I ask that only slim people sit on the three-seaters.

'If you are fat then it is simply not going to work.'

One angry passenger on the service, which was leaving Basingstoke in Hampshire, told the Daily Mail: 'I am not necessarily a big person but most people are larger than those seats anyway. It's pretty disgusting. I would get fired if I said that at my work.'

South West Trains have since apologised, saying the comment, if it had been made, was unacceptable.

A spokesman said: 'All passengers are welcome on board our trains and we would find it unacceptable if that comment had been made by one of our employees.

'We run some of the busiest trains in the country and we do appreciate that space on some of our trains is limited.

'To provide extra space and seats for our customers, we are in the process of investing £250m in extra carriages and new trains.'

Person hit by train in Surrey and delays for passengers

A person has been hit by a train near Brookwood, which is causing delays of up to an hour for trains between Basingstoke and Woking.

There is no firm estimate yet of how long disruption will last but it is likely to continue until at least 18:00.

Services are unable to call at Hook, Winchfield, Fleet or Farnborough.

A replacement bus service has been requested

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