Portsmouth commuters affected by delays after person hit and killed by train

A packed London Waterloo station on Monday. Picture: Paul Basse via Twitter
A packed London Waterloo station on Monday. Picture: Paul Basse via Twitter
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Commuters across London and those travelling back to Portsmouth were hit by severe delays after a person was hit and killed by a train yesterday.

South West Trains announced delays of up to 90 minutes and London Waterloo station was packed with stranded travellers following the death at Surbiton station at 11.30am.

Emergency services closed all lines in both directions for two hours to carry out investigations, causing severe delays and cancellations for commuters throughout the day.

In a statement South West Trains said: ‘We worked quickly to divert and alter trains in order to reduce the cascade effect of these delays, however the lines between Wimbledon and Surbiton are essential for us to deliver a full train service, and so their closure led to significant disruption for both long-distance and suburban services.’

Problems continued after a train at Clapham Junction developed a fault and stopped across the key junction which serves the Windsor lines, which were all closed for two hours from 4.25pm.

Tuesday morning services continue to be affected as the company announced via Twitter that ‘not all trains were in their correct position for this morning’s service.’

All changes can be seen on South West Trains website at journeycheck.southwesttrains.co.uk.