Published on : Thursday, June 23, 2016
Torrential rain and thunderstorms have caused disruption to the railways across the South East this morning with delays and cancellations on some routes into London likely well into the morning rush hour.
Routes currently affected include lines into London Waterloo via Surbiton, various South West suburban routes including Shepperton to Fulwell and Virginia Water to Weybridge, lines into London Victoria from East Croydon, and a variety of different metro routes in South East London, including those running via Bexleyheath and Blackheath.
A Network Rail spokesman said: “It’s a very fast moving picture this morning, with flash floods still arising and others falling in a variety of different routes into London.“In addition, we are dealing with the aftermath of lightning strikes at Surbiton, which is on the main line into Waterloo, and at Blackheath.
“Our advice to passengers in the South East this morning is to please check before you travel, either with your operator’s website or on National Rail Enquiries.“Our staff have been out all night and are still out in the rain working with pumps and repairing damage, and we are doing all that we can to keep trains running.”
The most notable incidents this morning include:
Lightning strike at Surbiton on routes into Waterloo
Wandsworth Common flooding, affecting routes into Victoria
Flooding at Bexleyheath
Lightning strike at Blackheath
Flooding at Catford
Flooding on the Redhill – Tonbridge line