Trains delayed or cancelled as rail services disrupted by signalling problems
Passengers were told that some trains will be changed or cancelled.
Rail services on some of the country’s busiest routes were disrupted on Wednesday because of a number of signalling problems.
South Western Railway services, including those to and from London Waterloo, the UK’s busiest railway station, were delayed or cancelled.
The delays were caused by signal problems at Havant, which blocked lines.
Disruption is expected until the end of the day.
**UPDATE** Due to multiple signalling issues— SWR Help (@SW_Help) March 21, 2018
- no service between Alton and Woking
- no service between Guildford and Ascot
- very limited service between Portsmouth and Haslemere
- limited service between Haslemere and London Waterloo https://t.co/gWxn1cw1lb
Passengers were told that some trains will be changed or cancelled in the morning, while other changes will be made at short notice.
Southern Rail and Great Western Railway trains were also subject to change, potentially at short notice.
– The Rail, Maritime and Transport union confirmed that its members on SWR will take industrial action over the Easter weekend by refusing to work rest days in the long-running dispute over the role of guards.
A series of other problems hit SWR services on Wednesday, including a fault with equipment in the signal box at Woking, signalling problems at Aldershot and Clapham Junction, and a problem with a set of points at Staines.
A message to passengers said: “Train services running across our network may be cancelled, delayed or changed. We expect trains to be disrupted until the end of the day.”