Hundreds of thousands of rail passengers from across the region faced difficult journeys - as they struggled to get home because of strike action by South Western Railway workers. Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.
Hundreds of thousands of rail passengers face two days of disruption on the trains as guards strike on services run by South Western Railway, Island Line and Southern. It is over changes to the role of guards and having a second member of staff on trains.
There is disruption for hundreds of thousands of rail commuters in the region this morning, after some rail staff walked out on strike in a row over the role of guards and a dispute over having a second member of staff on trains.
Services operated by South Western Railway, Island Line and Southern have been affected. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse sent this from Basingstoke railway station.
Hundreds of thousands of rail passengers face two days of misery from this morning as guards strike at South Western Railway, Island Line and Southern.
Here is the impact:
South Western Railway usually run 1,700 trains a day with 650,000 passengers, the busiest commuter network in Europe covering Berkshire, Surrey, Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire.
The company will use managers and other staff trained as guards to run about sixty per cent of trains but that means around 700 services are cancelled.
All routes that have trains will see fewer running with fifty per cent less on some lines including Salisbury to Waterloo.
- Yeovil Junction – Exeter St. Davids.
- Salisbury – Eastleigh via Chandler’s Ford (Great Western Railway run services will run from Southampton to Salisbury via Romsey).
- Virginia Water – Weybridge (via Chertsey).
- Ascot – Guildford (via Camberley and Aldershot).No trains in service on this specific route.
- Check nationalrail.co.uk and southwesternrailway.com for other routes to / from London.Poole – Weymouth
Cobden Avenue in Southampton is closed in both directions. There is heavy traffic because of a large tree which has fallen and crushed at least two cars between Midanbury Lane and Cobbett Road. The road could stay closed for much of the day.
There is a replacement bus service running on Southern trains between Eastbourne and Lewes due to a person being hit by a train. Check before you travel.
An investigation is underway after a fire broke out on a Wightlink ferry sailing between Lymington and Yarmouth last night.
The alert to the fire beneath the car deck was raised as the ship on the 9pm crossing approached the Isle of Wight. The emergency services were called to the scene when the ferry arrived at Yarmouth.
One crew member who was taken to hospital in newport has been discharged. All the passengers got off the ferry safely with their vehicles.
Wightlink say that the Marine Accident Investigation Branch have been informed. Sailings on the Lymington to Yarmouth route have been transferred to the Portsmouth to Fishbourne service. Check the Wightlink website for more information.
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.
Works to extend platforms at London Waterloo have overrun meaning delays for some passengers heading from the South to the Capital.Read the full story ›
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."