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South West Trains apologises after rail disruption

The incident caused long delays to services Credit: Andy Bossom

South West Trains has issued an apology after a day of massive disruption yesterday hit many of the 500,000 people who use its services every day.

Passengers faced five-hour delays after a person was hit by a train, stopping all services into Waterloo.

A series of trespass incidents and train failures led to problems for most of the day.

The company says it worked hard to open the line as soon as possible but the incident was at 0730 - the busiest time of the day. The line was blocked for 90 minutes.

Services are currently running well.

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


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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