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Major disruption for SWR passengers due to "signalling fault"

Crowds at Waterloo train station Photo: PA

Network Rail and South Western Railway have apologised after tens of thousands of passengers faced yet more delays on the lines to Waterloo this morning.

A signal problem at Woking halted services.

It’s the latest in a series of problems causing disruption on the line.

The main lines from Portsmouth, Southampton and Basingstoke were worst hit.

Meanwhile, passengers will be able to meet senior managers to express their concerns over recent poor performance at Waterloo during Thursday evenings rush hour.

In an alert sent to SWR customers, it said the disruption is expected to last until midday.

"Train services running through this station may be cancelled, delayed or revised. Disruption is expected until 12:00.

"Earlier this morning, there was a signalling problem in the Woking area. Network Rail has now rectified the fault.

" All lines have now reopened however trains and crew have been displaced by this incident so trains residual cancellations, delays or revisions to services will occur."

– Spokesperson for SWR
Crowds gathering in Basingstoke Credit: @Lucie_Spencer

The rail company has said tickets will be accepted, at no extra cost, on the following services:

  • Basingstoke to Reading on Great Western Railway Services and Cross Country Services
  • Reading to London Paddington on Great Western Railway Services
  • London Underground between London Paddington and London Waterloo by any reasonable route
  • Southern Rail services between Dorking and London Victoria

"Stations will be busier than usual. Therefore, you may wish to delay your journey this morning or use alternative stations/routes.

"For further information or onward travel advice please speak to a member of staff or use a station help point.

"We are very sorry for any delay that this may cause to your journey.

– Spokesperson at SWR