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Weekend of chaos for rail passengers

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There will be disruption through Reading this weekend Credit: ITV Meridian

Tens of thousands of rail passengers across the Thames Valley are facing a weekend of chaos.

Engineering work means many services through Reading will be cancelled.

It's to allow further testing of overhead wires ahead of an extension to commuter services next year.

Limited replacement buses will run, but will be very busy.

Tickets bought for Saturday or Sunday will be accepted all day today and Monday

Passengers are advised not to travel unless they have to.

Major rail disruption on services into Waterloo

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There is major disruption on railway services between Reading and Waterloo and Windsor and Waterloo this morning due to a signalling problem between Putney and Barnes.

Disruption is expected to continue until approximately 11am.

The following services were cancelled earlier this morning:

  • London Waterloo to London Waterloo via Twickenham and Brentford
  • London Waterloo to London Waterloo via Brentford and Twickenham
  • London Waterloo to London Waterloo via Kingston and Twickenham
  • London Waterloo to London Waterloo via Twickenham and Kingston
  • Between London Waterloo and Weybridge
  • Between London Waterloo and Windsor and Eton Riverside
  • Between London Waterloo and Reading

Lines have now reopened, but trains may still be cancelled, delayed or revised.

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South Western Railway advise passengers not to travel between Reading and London Waterloo and Windsor and London Waterloo.

Passengers are able to use their ticket on the following routes:

  • London Underground via any reasonable route
  • Great Western Railway services between Reading and London Paddington
  • TFL buses via any reasonable route
  • Southern services between Clapham Junction and London Victoria

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The RMT says the new company has plans to change the role of its members.

The union say safety will be at risk.

SWR says it has no plans to cut staff but hasn't ruled out changes to working practices.

The ballot result is due later this month.

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More misery for rail passengers after long weekend

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.

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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

Emergency changes to rail timetable for Kent & Sussex

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.

"We're now unable to run services to Waterloo as planned on Tuesday due to the major upgrade works. We have been instructed by Network Rail to run these trains to and from Blackfriars instead. Our passengers' tickets will be accepted on specific Tube and London buses to ensure a smooth onward journey. We will also have more Southeastern employees at stations to help our passengers.

"We would like to remind everyone to check before they travel and follow us on twitter @SE_railway and check our website for the latest information."

– Ellie Burrows, Southeastern train services director

The affected stations are:

  • Dover Priory
  • Folkestone Central
  • Folkestone West
  • Sandling
  • Westenhanger
  • Ashford International
  • Pluckley
  • Headcorn
  • Staplehurst
  • Marden
  • Paddock Wood
  • Tonbridge
  • Sevenoaks
  • Ramsgate
  • Minster
  • Sturry
  • Canterbury West
  • Chartham
  • Chilham
  • Wye
  • Sandwich
  • Deal
  • Walmer
  • Martin Mill

Goodbye Southwest trains - Hello South Western - Twitter responds

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The last ever South West Train has left the station... it's all change to South Western Railways