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Storms cause commuter chaos

Passengers were left stranded at Paddington Station Photo: Joe Audcent

Tens of thousands of commuters were left stranded tonight after lightning caused chaos at two of London’s busiest stations.

The sudden storms led to cancellations and severe delays on train services from Waterloo and Paddington.

It meant a miserable start to the weekend for commuters and holidaymakers on one of the busiest days of the year for rail travellers as the great Summer getaway began.

Credit: Joe Audcent

Both mainline stations witnessed chaotic scenes as passengers waited for news about their trains.

First Great Western was forced to introduce an emergency timetable on services in and out of Paddington.

South West Trains, which operates commuter routes from Waterloo, said a lightning strike took out the signals between Woking and Surbiton.

Once the lines re-opened, it was unfortunately necessary to significantly reduce the number of trains on our network. Our busy rail network into London Waterloo is dependent on using the lines through Woking & Surbiton and the closure of the line, coupled with trains, guards and drivers being out of position, has resulted in disruption for the majority of the day.