Surbiton -- Person Hit By Train, Serious Delays

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  1. Dr_Paul

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    A person has been killed by being hit by a train at Surbiton station (South-West London, serving Waterloo in London); the incident occurred just before mid-day, and all services stopped for a while. Services are still severely affected, with Hampton Court and semi-fasts to Woking all cancelled, and Exeter and Salisbury services starting at Basingstoke. Disruption is likely to last until 19.00. No details about the person involved; there have been several people killed at Surbiton station, with some of them having been patients in the mental health services at a nearby hospital. The driver of the train is reported to be severely shocked; it must be awful to have this happen in front of oneself.
     
  2. alastair

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    Just been reported on BBC local news that Waterloo "has had to be closed" due to massive overcrowding.
     
  3. GatwickDepress

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    Very sad this happened, it always is.

    I have to give top props for station staff at Clapham Junction and Waterloo when I travelled today though. The guard on the train I was on (it was a Juniper that arrived into Platform 16, possibly this?) was brilliant. I meant to thank him but I was already halfway to Waterloo East for the 1623 before I remembered. A letter to SWT Customer Services is in order, me thinks.
     
  4. Bigfoot

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    It's chaos out there. Surbiton. Failed train at clapham Junction. Clapham yard shut most of the day (no idea why) but stops the ability to clear trains out the way. Absolute chaos.
     
  5. 30909

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    They are having a very bad day so my sympathies are in equal measure to those involved directly with the Surbiton incident, staff at SWT/NR Alliance, crews and customer facing and all the passengers caught up in this disruption

    http://www.journeycheck.southwesttrains.co.uk/

    Cancellations to services on all routes

    Following a person hit by a train earlier between Wimbledon and Surbiton all lines have now reopened.
    Impact:
    Train services running across the whole South West Trains network may be cancelled, delayed by up to 90 mins or revised at short notice. Disruption is expected until 02:00 28/04.
    Customer Advice:
    A person was struck by a train between Wimbledon and Surbiton at approximately 1130 this morning. This meant the lines were closed for approximately 2 hours while emergency services investigated. These lines are critical to the operation of the railway into and out of London Waterloo, and this incident has caused widespread disruption to the South West Trains network. Traincrew and stock is displaced and major congestion is currently disrupting services entering and departing London Waterloo.
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    Additionally, a train fault at Clapham Junction has resulted in the Windsor lines being closed until 18:30. This means that trains from London Waterloo to Reading, Windsor, Twickenham, Staines and Ascot are severely disrupted. You are strongly advised to find alternative travel options for your journey this evening.
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    Please note Vauxhall rail station is currently not allowing passengers in to prevent severe overcrowding.
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    Customers are advised wherever possible to use alternative routes to complete their journey. Due to the key location of this incident and time that the lines were blocked we expect disruption to continue throughout the evening.
    Trains are likely to be busier than usual as we have been unable to run a full service this afternoon.
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    Alternative Travel Information:
    Tickets will be accepted on the following
    London Buses across South West London.
    District Line services between Wimbledon and Central London
    Northern Line services between Morden and Central London
    Bakerloo Line services from Paddington to Waterloo
    Thameslink services between Wimbledon and Central London
    First Great Western services from Exeter St Davids to London Paddington
    Southern services on routes from Epsom and Portsmouth into London Victoria
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    London Bus Route Maps
    Surbiton Station -http://www.southwesttrains.co.uk/uploads/stationspecificbuses-surbiton.pdf
    Hampton Court - http://www.southwesttrains.co.uk/uploads/tflbus-hamptoncourt-withmap.pdf
    Berrylands - http://www.southwesttrains.co.uk/uploads/stationspecificbuses-berrylands.pdf.

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  6. CatfordCat

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    There was also report of a broken down train at Barnes some time between the other two incidents.

    The broken down train at Clapham Junction was a set that looked as though it had been trying to cross from Clapham yard to the up slow Windsor line and managed to stop where it was blocking all lines.

    I think it was class 450 (view from footbridge - could not even get on to the down Windsor line platform)

    No sign of swt staff by the time I got there - stm people doing their best.

    As soon as the website gave an indication that FGW were accepting tickets, got the heck out of it to Paddington. Managed to get a seat on the 1900 Bristol, and guard making PA announcements prior to departure welcoming SWT passengers and assuring that tickets were being accepted.

    No sign of Waterloo bound trains at Reading, and huge crowd waiting for the next Gatwick train. Got out of it again and caught First Berkshire bus back to my corner of Berkshire.
     
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    Not a good day for SWT :(
     
  8. Parallel

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    Thoughts go out to the driver involved.


    The 12:20 London Waterloo - Bristol Temple Meads stood no chance getting to Bristol, with the fatalities near Surbiton and at Keynsham. (And the broken down train at Clapham Junction and there were also animals on the line earlier at Trowbridge which also caused delays.)
     
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    There were signalling problems at Kew Bridge, which was down as "Cancellations between Barnes and Hounslow".
     
  10. Temple Meads

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    Couldn't help noticing the Evening Standard making the subsequent delays into yet another negative rail story - they refer to this as just an 'incident', while also highlighting a train failure - people have lost a loved one today, and a driver has to live with this forever, but this paper prefers to twist it to suit their biased views:

    Link: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/transport/waterloo-train-delays-commuter-misery-with-services-delayed-up-to-90-minutes-during-evening-rush-hour-10207945.html
     
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    There was also major disruption on the Underground this morning as a person was hit by a train on the Victoria Line, at Victoria station.

    It has not been a good day.
     
  12. Alan White

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    I have sympathy for all those involved in the Surbiton incident but it wasn't that which caused the chaos last night, it was the failed train at Clapham. Such trains as were running - almost none - were two hours late. How can it possibly take two hours to move a train!!

    It's all very well for SWT to allow tickets to be used on other services - though this doesn't work in my experience - but once you're outside the London area this arrangement doesn't help. I had to drive from Bracknell to Staines to pick up my son from his office because there was no other way for him to get home. Will SWT pay for my petrol? Will they compensate him and me for our lost time due to their incompetence? Why didn't they arrange taxis and/or buses? Why did they provide so little information? What a way to run a company.
     
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    More details on the incident yesterday.

    http://www.southwesttrains.co.uk/alerts.aspx#3B221311466C6783EA0EEDEA846700EA
     
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    Can anyone confirm if the 1834 Guildford - Waterloo was late? On RTT it says it was on time but according to some collegues it did not turn up.
     
  15. DanTrainMan185

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    It arrived fifteen minutes late.
     
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