Chaos On Train Lines Into Waterloo

24 October 2018, 09:49 | Updated: 24 October 2018, 09:50

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Rail passengers on routes hit by a strike have been told not to travel because of a signal failure.

South Western Railway services were already hit by the second day of a five-day walkout by members of the RMT union.

A statement said: "Due to a major fault with Network Rail signalling systems between Woking and Surbiton, trains are unable to run on this line through to London Waterloo.

"We are advising all passengers who travel on the mainline (services from Weymouth, West of England, Portsmouth) and suburban (from Guildford to Waterloo) services that run through these stations, not to travel and to check for updates."

The union said the strike continued to be solidly supported.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: "On the second of the five days of strikes in this current phase of action on South Western Railway, RMT members remain rock-solid and determined this morning in the fight to put public safety before private profit.

"There is only one way to break the deadlock in this dispute and that is through South Western Railway agreeing to RMT's call for talks and sitting down with us to negotiate around the guard guarantee which matches the widespread best practice in the industry."

Passengers vented their anger on social media, with complaints about being late for work and missing appointments or connecting services to other parts of the UK.

One woman said she was an hour late for her new job on Tuesday because of the strike, and did not know when she would get in on Wednesday.

Passengers were also crowded on trains which were stopped by the signal failure.