Closure caused by broken rail through platform 5
A broken rail outside Wimbledon Station today (Monday January 23) meant no South West Trains services were running from Wimbledon into London.
Emergency engineering works meant the London-bound suburban line was blocked, with South West Trains services running through this station being cancelled, delayed or running non stop between Surbiton and London Waterloo. Disruption is expected until noon.
The incident started around 4.20am during overnight engineering works when it was spotted that a rail had broken on the line through platform 5 at Wimbledon.
The line is currently blocked, and this morning engineers are working to apply a temporary solution to allow South West Trains to trains through the area.
Whilst this takes place, a number of London-bound suburban services will need to run non-stop from Raynes Park or Surbiton to London Waterloo.
If you're travelling to Wimbledon from the Surbiton area, you will need to travel to London Waterloo and use a return service to complete your journey.
If you're travelling from Wimbledon towards London, you can use alternative routes listed below, or travel towards Raynes Park/Surbiton and use return services towards Central London.
A number of trains have been cancelled, and Wimbledon had a severely reduced service during the peak this morning. Crowd control measures had to be put in place at Clapham Junction station due to overcrowding.
Passengers can travel on the following alternative routes using South West Trains tickets:
- Local London Bus services on routes operating in the area between Vauxhall and Surbiton
- Thameslink services between Wimbledon and London Blackfriars
- Southern Rail services between Dorking and London Victoria
- London Underground services on reasonable routes in the South West of London, including the District Line between Wimbledon and Central London, the Northern line to and from Morden, and transferring between London Victoria, London Blackfriars, and London Waterloo.
South West Trains said in a statement: “It will be necessary to implement a speed limit of 5mph over the broken rail in order to keep trains safe, and this is expected to cause significant disruption to services through platform 5 this morning.
“This platform is used by our stopping services to London Waterloo, and with frequencies of around 12 trains an hour through this platform, we have had to take significant steps to minimise the disruption to our train service. We're very sorry for the disruption to your journey this morning.”
January 23, 2017