South West Trains are caught in a time warp

CLOCK WOE South West Trains services are still displaying the time in GMT, five days after the clocks went forward
CLOCK WOE South West Trains services are still displaying the time in GMT, five days after the clocks went forward
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GETTING to London by train has never been this quick.

You catch the train at Portsmouth Harbour at 7.45am.

By 8.30am the train pulls into London Waterloo.

It sounds like a dream journey for any long-suffering commuter.

But the truth is South West Trains have been stuck in a time warp since British Summer Time started at 1am on Sunday.

Clocks on the announcement boards in carriages were still an hour behind yesterday – three days after the clocks went forward.

Clocks on station platforms have been set to the right time, making it even more confusing for passengers.

The blunder has been getting tongues wagging on social networking website Twitter, with some seeing the funny side and others not.

One man said he panicked when he thought he had left work an hour early by accident.

Commuter Tom Phillipps tweeted: ‘Three days of British Summer Time and South West Trains still haven’t put the clocks on their trains forward!

‘Perhaps they are ensuring all trains arrive on time.’

Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt, a regular commuter, was less than impressed.

She told The News: ‘It shows a lack of attention to detail that people appreciate.

‘Commuters often fall asleep and wake up half way en route and want to know what time it is and where they are at.

‘Probably a few people have had five minutes of panic.’

Ms Mordaunt added: ‘It’s a minor offence to some of the other stuff – but still not smart.’

A spokeswoman for South West Trains blamed it on software.

She said: ‘We are aware of this issue and are working to update the clocks with the correct time.

‘This is the result of a supplier error, which meant that the software didn’t automatically update over the weekend.

‘Our station clocks have been updated and this will have no impact on advertised departure times, the running of our trains, or the punctuality of services.’