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South West Trains chaos: Emergency plan in place, disruption now expected all day

An emergency plan has been put in place because of massive disruption on South West Trains this morning with many services cancelled or altered.

The company is warning the problems will last all day. A major points problem is blamed.

Some services will be diverted to Reading or star short of planned destinations.

The station currently has ten platforms closed for upgrade work with half of services cancelled.

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Major problems for commuters heading to London Waterloo

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A points problem is being investigated between Vauxhall and London Waterloo. It's causing disruption to journeys between these stations. This is expected to continue until lunchtime. This comes on top of the work being done to upgrade the station - which has meant reduced services for passengers.

It means that South West Trains are unable to use one of the 5 lines into and out of the station. This is expected to cause some delays to services, while trains use the available lines.In addition, South West Trains are investigating a problem near Waterloo station, which is expected to cause some further delay.

South West Trains have significantly reduced the number of trains running to and from London Waterloo to ensure that delayed trains do not approach London Waterloo at the same time. When this happens, trains have to wait for platforms to become free, occupying the track outside Waterloo and making it more difficult to get trains moving. The effect of this situation occurring quickly leads to vastly increased disruption.

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