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Thousands of people crammed into stations across London yesterday, after wide-spread delays caused by high temperatures and technical problems.
It's too hot for the trains to run. It's very unpleasant at Waterloo Station. Don't come here unless you have to. https://t.co/th0wsNcgjq
Speed restrictions were put in place as rail bosses feared tracks could buckle in the heat.
Passengers packed onto the concourses at Waterloo and Paddington stations - some people's journey times more than doubled.
There were also long delays for South West Trains passengers because of signalling problems. James McVey, of the band The Vamps, and film critic Mark Kermode were among many tweeting their frustration.
Something needs to change for South West trains. My delays of the last 2 journeys have been 5 hours. Can't even get home now.
Started this journey early eve yesterday. It's now tomorrow & still no end in sight. I think @sw_trains have finally broken my spirit ...
Delays on Southern services also continued yesterday because of a sink hole under a rail track in Forest Hill. Services resumed this morning after test trains were run overnight to check it was safe.
Hundreds of thousands of rail passengers in the south suffered a chaotic night of misery last night following a series of signal failures, hot weather related problems and the massive sinkhole on the lines to London Bridge.
These were the main problems:
Great Western Railway Hour long delays out of Paddington because of speed restrictions due to overheating tracks due to the hot weather.
South West Trains 90 minute delays out of Waterloo to Southampton and Salisbury because of a major signal problem at Basingstoke closing two of the four main platforms.
Southern The massive sinkhole on the lines to London Bridge caused major overcrowding once again to services to Surrey, Kent and Sussex. Many services were cancelled.
Brighton Signal problems caused massive delays with the station closed to prevent dangerous crowding.
Gatwick Massive disruption to services following signal problems.
MP's are demanding an urgent meeting with the new Transport Secretary Chris Grayling MP to demand urgent action. Brighton MP Caroline Lucas said the disruption was unacceptable and urgent measures must be taken.
Wednesday morning's weather for the west of the regionRead the full story ›
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Temperatures soared across the Thames Valley today with the mercury peaking at 33 degrees celcius at Heathrow and at Brize Norton.
While many enjoyed soaking up the sunshine, the Met Office issued a level three 'Heat Health Alert' for the region, warning the heat can also bring danger.
One woman was criticised for sunbathing on the M3 as drivers were stuck in a three-hour traffic jam in the sweltering heat.
Elsewhere, St John Ambulance was giving first-aid advice to members of the public and at The Clockhouse social day centre in Milford, Surrey, manager Kirsty Bruton was taking extra care to ensure elderly members who are more at risk of heat-related illnesses, were kept cool.
Emma Wilkinson reports on one of the hottest July days on record:
Your pictures of the hottest day of the year so far!Read the full story ›
The Met Office has announced that the hottest place currently in the country is...
...(wait for it)...
With a temperature of 32.9C in the shade, it smashes Brize Norton's previous high by a mighty 0.7C.
... is Brize Norton in Oxfordshire!
With a frankly sweltering 32.2C.