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Chaos at Waterloo: Morning rush hour passengers urged not to travel

Passengers on some of the busiest rail routes in London were warned of cancellations because of over-running engineering works.

Image shows workers Due to overrunning engineering works between London Waterloo and Surbiton all lines are blocked - Passengers are advised not to trave Credit: Twitter/South Western Railway

No South Western Railway trains were running between Surbiton and London Waterloo - the UK's busiest railway station.

It is the latest disruption to hit SWR following a spate of problems involving signal and points failures.

A long-running dispute over the role of guards on trains has also crippled services because of strikes.

A message to passengers said:

We have been informed of over-running Network Rail engineering works between London Waterloo and Surbiton. This means that trains cannot run between London Waterloo and Surbiton. Customers are advised not to travel. Woking, Surbiton, Raynes Park and Earlsfield stations are currently closed.

Disruption is expected until the end of the day. The Network Rail engineering works were originally due to be cleared by 04.30 this morning; however, the works will now not be cleared until 08.30 at the earliest.

Until the works clear no trains can leave Wimbledon or Clapham Junction depots.

– South Western Railway

Normally-packed commuter trains were cancelled, leaving tens of thousands of passengers stranded.

Passengers are asked to delay the start of their journeys this morning as all lines from Surbiton into Waterloo are blocked due to over-running engineering works.

Network Rail engineers are working hard to reopen the lines as soon as possible but passengers are advised to check the website before starting their journey as currently services are having to be cancelled and diverted.

We are sorry for the disruption and will update our website as soon as we have a clearer picture of when lines may reopen.

– South Western Railway

Southern services between East Croydon and London Victoria were also disrupted because of over-running engineering works.