Waterloo commuters face new travel woes amid warnings of flooding

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Beleaguered Waterloo commuters have been warned their travel plans could face the further threat of flooding.

Britain’s busiest station has been plunged into chaos this week as major engineering work lasting most of August started.

As well as the closure of 10 platforms, tens of thousands of commuters have faced points failures, signal breakdowns and trespassers on the tracks.

Now, they are being warned that services could be disrupted due to the weather.

Operator South West Trains (SWT) warns of “heavy and persistent rain drifting southwards into all parts of the route.”

This, it says, could produce an additional  10-20 mm of rain to the east of Bournemouth which, added to earlier rain “could lead to further issues with localised flooding at some stations.”

SWT warns passengers: “Please be careful as platform surfaces are slippery when wet.

“Isolated lightning strikes are also possible within the spells of rain towards the London area.

“In areas that are susceptible to collecting ground water the adverse weather may impact some services. This may result in possible delays. Check before you travel.”

Early commuters faced more problems this morning due to over-running night engineering works between Waterloo and Clapham Junction.

This cancelled and delayed some services between London, Guildford, Basingstoke, Hounslow and Kingston.

More than £400 million of engineering work is due to be completed by Monday 28 August but there are fears any delays to the tight schedule will mean the massive project over-running and causing chaos in September when passengers return to work from their annual holidays.

Last night, for the second successive day, commuters suffered more horrendous problems getting home.

This followed “multiple incidents” earlier in the day including a points failure which caused the temporary closure of five more platforms – in addition to the 10 already shut – plus services having to be delay because of a trespasser on the track between Waterloo and Clapham Junction.


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