Lineside fire causes travel disruption for South Western Railway train passengers

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Rail passengers out of Waterloo suffered severe travel disruption on Wednesday after a lineside fire.

South Western Railway passengers were advised to check their journeys and use alternative routes where possible after significant damage was caused to a number of cables and closed platforms at London Waterloo station.

Network Rail said its engineers will be working through the night to fix the damage but services are likely to be disrupted on Thursday morning.

We are very sorry for the disruption South Western Railway passengers are experiencing. A lineside fire this morning caused significant damage to some of the rail infrastructure in the Waterloo area, fully closing platforms 16-24. Trains will be delayed or cancelled until the end of service today and disruption is likely to impact services tomorrow morning. Passengers are strongly advised to check their journeys before travelling at for ticket acceptance and service details.

Spokesman for Network Rail and South Western Railway

Trains between London Waterloo, Hounslow, Richmond, Strawberry Hill and Kingston were cancelled, while services between Waterloo and Windsor & Eton Riverside were diverted via Kingston.

Passengers were warned that services on other routes may also be subject to short-notice cancellations or delays.