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London Waterloo delays: South Western Railway passengers told 'usually do not travel' after signalling meltdown

Rail commuters utilizing a major route into central London have already been told “usually do not travel” carrying out a signalling meltdown.

South Western Railway (SWR) passengers utilizing the route into London Waterloo were warned never to travel on Wednesday morning.

The “major signalling failure” is on the operator’s main line between Woking and Surbiton, with a complete of six lines suffering from the nagging problem.

Network Rail said the fault is indeed severe that trains were “struggling to run this relative line to Waterloo”.

Travel chaos: Crowds at Basingstoke after South Western warned commuters never to happen to be Waterloo

Engineers are on the scene nonetheless it isn’t known just how long repairs shall take.

A Network Rail spokesman said: “Engineers are on site and so are attempting to resolve the problem as fast as possible.

“Network Rail is urging passengers to check out the travel advice issued by South Western Railway that is that passengers who travel on the primary line, and suburban services that tell you these stations, shouldn’t to visit.”

Affected lines

Alton, Woking and basingstoke to London Waterloo
Exeter St David’s, Bristol Temple Salisbury and Meads to London Waterloo
Portsmouth Harbour to London Waterloo via Guildford/Basingstoke
Weymouth, Southampton and bournemouth to London Waterloo
Dorking to London Waterloo
Guildford to London Waterloo via Epsom/Stoke d’Abernon

Many morning services appear to have been wiped out and also once the signals are repaired the knock-on effect is likely to last all day long adding a lot more disruption to homebound services on Wednesday evening.

Long distance services from Salisbury were terminating at Basingstoke.

SWR advised passengers who had travelled to Basingstoke that tickets will be accepted on Great Western trains into Paddington.

South Western Railway Strike

The problem comes amid a five day strike on the operator’s trains, with commuters braced for disruption on the busy route into London already.

SWR planned to perform two thirds of its normal 1,each day over the UK&rsquo 700 trains; largest franchise due to the continuing strike by RMT guards s.

Early services tomorrow may be suffering from the signal failure if it continues for a lot of the day due to stock being out of place. Which will increase strike disruption also.

RMT strike action will continue steadily to effect services until Saturday in the long term dispute over changes to protect duties and train driver-only operation.

Tomorrow, Friday may also see 550 trains each day cancelled and 750 &ndash thursday and; half the service – saturday on.

Despite SWR and the RMT saying they’re ready to meet for “meaningful negotiations” you can find no new peace talks planned expanding commuter misery.

Four more strikes – making nine in every – month are scheduled to occur on successive Saturdays throughout next. These may cause severe disruption for England International rugby fixtures at Twickenham also.