South West Trains Apologise For Wimbledon Service Closure

Damage to train could have been caused by debris on the line

South West Trains have issued an apology for the disruption caused to Wimbledon passengers at the end of rush hour on Monday (August 10).

In a statement they say that the cause of a damaged train which was stuck for an hour between Wimbledon and Raynes Park from 6.50pm could have been debris on the line.

In their statement they said: "We are very sorry for the serious disruption that many of you will have faced whilst travelling on our services.

"The line between Wimbledon and Raynes Park remained closed to allow for safety inspections to take place and to ensure that no more trains would be damaged when travelling through the area. The reason for this damage is still being established however initial investigations suggest that it was caused by debris on the railway line.

"The incident meant that both the main line and the suburban line heading away from London Waterloo were closed through Wimbledon for an extended period during our busiest time in the evening peak. As a result trains were unable to leave London Waterloo.

"We appreciate how frustrating it is when your train service doesn't run as planned and we review disruptive incidents to understand how we may improve our management of these incidents. We are very sorry for the disruption you experienced."

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August 11, 2015