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Major travel disruption due to fire at Vauxhall

The fire at Vauxhall station Credit: London Fire Brigade

Rail passengers across the South are facing major delays due to a fire at London's Vauxhall station.

Emergency services tackled the fire for 6 hours, between 2am and 830am. Although the fire has been put out, delays are expected to continue for the rest of the day.

Delays were made worse when Clapham Junction station also had to be closed this morning due to overcrowding.

As a result, many commuters were delayed for up to 2 hours - and services are still affected. All routes to and from London Waterloo have been affected.

South West Trains have warned that passengers not to travel unless absolutely essential:

These are the current warnings in place for South West Trains:

  • London Waterloo to Reading will run as scheduled in both directions, but may terminate at Clapham Junction
  • London Waterloo to Weybridge will run as scheduled in both directions, but may terminate at Clapham Junction
  • London Waterloo to Windsor & Eton Riverside will not run in both directions
  • Farnham to London Waterloo via Ascot services departing at 21 and 51 minutes past will not run
  • - London Waterloo to Portsmouth stations may start and terminate at Woking and Guildford
  • London Waterloo to Salisbury and Exeter st Davids will start and terminate at Basingstoke

South West Trains say they are arranging to operate a train shuttle between Staines and Windsor in both directions where possible.

The operator says tickets can be used on Great Western on any reasonable route and Southern Railway between Dorking/Epsom/Clapham Junction and London Victoria.

TRAVEL - TRAINS: South West Trains services suspended between London Waterloo and Windsor & Eton Riverside

Rail services have been suspended on South West Trains between London Waterloo and Shepperton, and between London Waterloo and Windsor and Eton Riverside due to a lineside fire discovered earlier this morning at Vauxhall. This is expected to continue until later this morning.

A limited commuter service is in operation to and from London Waterloo, however passengers are advised not to travel into Waterloo unless it is absolutely necessary.

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TRAVEL - TRAINS: Trains suspended between Ascot & London Waterloo

Rail services have been suspended on South West Trains between London Waterloo and Twickenham, between London Waterloo and Ascot and between London Waterloo and Hounslow due to a lineside fire discovered earlier this morning at Vauxhall.

This is expected to continue until later this morning. A limited commuter service is in operation to and from London Waterloo, however passengers are advised not to travel into Waterloo unless it is absolutely necessary.

Southern Rail pleased "totally unnecessary" strikes will be postponed

The walkout will now happen on 20th of May

Southern Rail say they are happy that strikes organised for next week will not go ahead, but "remain concerned" at plans for a fresh strike on May 20th.

They say a conductor strike - organised by the rail union RMT - is "totally unnecessary."

The strike over changes to working practices for guards and conductors was due to take place over four days, from Tuesday 10th May to Wednesday 11th May, as well as between Thursday 12th May and Friday 13th May.

The walkout will now happen a week later.

RMT has accused Southern Rail of taking a "hostile and aggressive" stance towards the union and say they are protecting "safety on our railways."

Meanwhile Southern Rail have questioned the motive for postponing the strikes.

We believe they have taken this action after members rebelled at the prospect of losing a significant sum in pay and benefits due to the union calling three strike days in the same pay period.

– Southern Rail

Southern Rail strikes called off

The dispute is due to an ongoing row over changes to working practices for guards

Four days of strikes on Southern Rail, due to start next week, have been called off.

The action was planned to take place between Tuesday 10th May and Wednesday 11th May, as well as between Thursday 12th May and Friday 13th May.

The strikes were likely to affect up to half a million passengers but the RMT Union has announced those dates have been cancelled.

A new strike date has been set for May 20th.

Railway line reopens after landslip

The line has opened five days earlier than planned Credit: ITV

Network Rail has reopened the line between Farnham and Alton, closed since last month because of a landslip, five days earlier than planned. Engineers have been stabilising the track as plans are made to rebuild the whole embankment.

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InterCity 125 40th anniversary

Celebrations have been held to mark the 40th anniversary of the High Speed Train. The trains were first introduced on the lines between Paddington, Reading, Newbury and Bristol.

When they were introduced they brought a new generation of faster travel all over the country.

The event was organised by Great Western Railway and attended by locomotives from all over the country.

And enthusiasts certainly didn't want to miss the event with 5,000 attending. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse joined them.

He spoke to Great Western Railway spokesman Dan Panes, Sir Kenneth Grange who designed the train and Andy Mellors, Great Western Railway Engineering Director.

Could third runway decision be delayed AGAIN?

A plane comes in to land at Heathrow Credit: PA

A decision on a new runway for the region is set to delayed again, according to newspaper reports.

An announcement by the Government was due in July but could be put back until September or even later in the year. There are two options at Heathrow and one at Gatwick for an extra runway. The decision was already delayed from last year.

It's because of a large amount of legislation and Government decisions that need to be made between the EU Referendum next month and the end of the parliamentary session in July creating a log jam.

Gatwick say the emissions scandal could have an effect on pollution levels at Heathrow Credit: PA

In a new development Gatwick claim more work will have to be done to look into pollution levels at Heathrow because of the car emissions scandal.

Those from some cars may be six times higher than previously thought which could mean the airport breaching legal limits with the amount of traffic a new runway would bring on the M4 and M25, it is claimed.

Heathrow say that is not true and it has taken into account accurate emissions and will expand public transport with new rail from Reading and the south.

The row has led to bitter divisions on both sides Credit: PA

Meanwhile Gatwick could get a major boost for its campaign if the Labour candidate for the Mayor of London wins the election, this coming week, as the polls predict.

Both Sadiq Khan and Zac Goldsmith are against a third Heathrow runway Credit: PA

Sadiq Kahn backs the airport getting a second runway over Heathrow.

All the candidates, including Zac Goldsmith for the Conservatives, are against a third Heathrow runway but Mr Kahn firmly supports Gatwick.

Bank holiday rail disruption for passengers - train lines shut for improvement works

Rail engineering works are underway over the bank holiday weekend

Tens of thousands of rail passengers are facing disruptions this bank holiday weekend. Engineering works are taking place on key lines - with no service on the Gatwick Express. The Brighton mainline, South West Trains and Great Western services will also be affected. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.

The interviewees are Chris Denham from Network Rail; and Paul Clark, an engineer who has been chosen to appear on the project's awareness posters at stations.

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