The transport secretary has confronted calls to resign after a whole bunch of 1000’s of rail passengers confronted journey chaos on Monday as a result of engineering works over-ran.



Community Rail apologised for the disruption after some stations have been compelled to shut and a number of other companies have been cancelled.


South Western Railway (SWR) advised passengers to not journey as none of its trains have been working between London Waterloo – the UK’s busiest railway station – and Surbiton within the southwest of the capital.


Separate issues with engineering works noticed Southern and Thameslink companies additionally disrupted.


SWR later warned passengers to count on delays and additional cancellations till the top of the day as a result of earlier disruption.


The operator has already been hit with a spate of points involving sign and factors failures and a long-running dispute over the function of guards on trains, which has seen strikes add to the disruption.





Mr Grayling's department said it 'shared the frustrations of passengers'

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The Division for Transport mentioned it ‘shared the frustrations of passengers’



At 10.45am, 269 SWR trains – 75% of all its companies – have been cancelled or greater than 30 minutes late, in keeping with information from the rail data web site trains.im.


The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union referred to as for Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to resign over the “Monday mayhem” and the continued railway “disaster”.


The RMT union’s basic secretary, Mick Money, mentioned: “The chaos into Waterloo this morning is simply one other instance of the fragmentation and division on Britain’s privatised railways the place upkeep schedules and budgets are hacked to the naked bones whereas personal operators like SWR are left with a free hand to rob the community blind within the identify of revenue.





SWR told passengers not to travel as none of its trains were running between Surbiton and London Waterloo

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SWR companies between Surbiton and Waterloo have been cancelled earlier on Monday



“What we’d like is reintegration and a coherent system with all components of the rail operation working collectively in a single publicly-owned framework, with funding quite than exploitation because the watchword.


“Whereas the disaster on our railways deepens, the transport secretary, Chris Grayling, is markedly absent whereas he ponders his self-interest and a potential resignation from the Might authorities. He ought to go, and he ought to go now.”


Passengers watchdog Transport Focus referred to as for a overview into the issues uncovered by Community Rail’s work.


Its chief govt Anthony Smith mentioned: “Whereas engineering and enchancment works have to be completed, such late discover of the elemental issues on the approaches to Waterloo this morning is unacceptable.









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“A fast, thorough overview of the issues uncovered within the engineering works and the passenger data put out ought to be carried out and revealed in order that classes might be realized. Within the meantime, passengers ought to declare for compensation and ensure their voice is heard.”


Mr Grayling’s division mentioned it “shared the frustrations of passengers” making an attempt to get into London.


“The disruption is unacceptable, and we’re in search of an pressing clarification from Community Rail as to why their engineering works at Surbiton have overrun,” mentioned a Division for Transport spokesman.


“Within the meantime, we’d urge passengers to test with their operator earlier than making an attempt to journey.”




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