Waterloo delays: South West Trains commuters hit by major delays after train derails

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A derailed train has sparked rush hour problems for commuters travelling into London Waterloo.

A South West Trains (SWT) services appeared to have come off the tracks near Britain’s busiest station at about 7am on Tuesday.

Paramedics treated three people at the scene, but they were not taken to hospital. 

The service provider has warned that due to a signal failure and an “operational incident” services will be disrupted until the end of the day.

Dramatic pictures have emerged of the train appearing to be leaning against a freight train near the station. 

Witnesses have also described seeing firefighters, paramedics and police officers at the scene.

Commuters have been advised to avoid Waterloo station and travelling into London if possible.

Tickets are being accepted on Transport for London buses and services to Paddington and Waterloo.

South West Trains posted on Twitter: “Due to a signal failure and an operational incident we advise to avoid Waterloo. Disruption expected until end of the day.

“Tickets are being accepted on all TFL buses, and all services to London Paddington and London Victoria.”

It comes with commuters already furious “shambolic” queues at Waterloo station, which is partly closed throughout August for major upgrade works.

Frustrated passengers told the Standard the queuing system inside Waterloo was “a shambles” with huge crowds “penned in like sheep” during the first week of upgrades.

Pictures emerged of hundreds of commuters crammed into Waterloo, which os one of London’s main commuter stations.

A SWT spokesman said: “SWT and Network Rail are advising passengers not to travel following a low speed, partial derailment at London Waterloo this morning. 

“There are no injuries to passengers or staff and a very limited service is running to and from Waterloo, which is expected for the rest of today.

“The incident happened as the train was pulling away from its platform at Waterloo at 5.40am. An investigation to establish the cause of the incident is underway.”

This story is being updated.


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