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Waterloo delays: Passengers face major disruption after lineside fire closes nine platforms

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 17/07/2019 17:48:00 Katy Clifton
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Commuters are facing travel chaos on some of the country's busiest routes after a lineside fire forced the closure of nine platforms at London Waterloo station.

South Western Railway passengers were urged to check their journeys and use alternative routes where possible after "significant damage" was caused to a number of cables on Wednesday.

Network Rail said its engineers will be working through the night to fix the damage but that services may also be disrupted on Thursday morning.

Platforms 16 to 24 were fully closed at Waterloo after the fire.

A spokesman for Network Rail and South Western Railway said: "We are very sorry for the disruption South Western Railway passengers are experiencing.

"A lineside fire this morning caused significant damage to some of the rail infrastructure in the Waterloo area, fully closing platforms 16-24.

"Trains will be delayed or cancelled until the end of service today and disruption is likely to impact services tomorrow morning.

"Passengers are strongly advised to check their journeys before travelling at www.southwesternrailway.com for ticket acceptance and service details."

Trains between London Waterloo, Hounslow, Richmond, Strawberry Hill and Kingston were cancelled, while services between Waterloo and Windsor & Eton Riverside were diverted via Kingston.

Passengers were warned that services on other routes may also be subject to short-notice cancellations or delays

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