This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 24/04/2017.
Croydon rail services affected by ‘serious disruption’ after person hit by train – latest updates
Croydon rail services are being affected by “serious disruption” after a man was hit by a train and died in Battersea.
National Rail is warning commuters that “major disruption” is expected between London Waterloo and Clapham Junction until the end of the day following a fatality just after 3pm today (Monday, April 24).
This is impacting trains in Croydon, with some trains between London Victoria and Sutton terminating and starting at West Croydon instead.
A Southern Rail spokesman said: “”There has been a fatality at Queenstown Road, Battersea. As a result all trains in a five-mile radius will have been delayed for a short amount of time”.
South West Trains is reporting severe delays on its lines into and out of London Waterloo.
A statement released by South West Trains said: “Following emergency services dealing with an earlier incident of a person being hit by a train between London Waterloo and Clapham Junction, trains into and out of London Waterloo are now being seriously disrupted.
“To help us manage the disruption caused by this earlier incident and restore trains back to normal service, West of England trains will terminate at and start from Basingstoke. All other train services will be subject to short notice cancellations.”
While the incident has not affected Southern services directly, it will continue to have a knock-on impact on trains on the network.
Follow our live blog below for the latest updates as we get them:
What we know so far
Services are said to be severely delayed after a person was hit by a train in Battersea.
South West Trains have released a statement about the incident:
“Following emergency services dealing with an earlier incident of a person being hit by a train between London Waterloo and Clapham Junction, trains are now severely disrupted into and out of London Waterloo.
“To help us manage the disruption created by this earlier incident and restore trains back to normal service, West of England trains will terminate at and start from Basingstoke. All other train services will be subject to short notice cancellations.
“The disruption is expected to continue until the end of service today.”
A man has died by DaveComeau
We have sadly had reports that a man has died after being struck by a train at Queenstown Road in Battersea.
British Transport Police have released the following statement:
“We were called to reports that a person had been struck by a train at Queenstown Road station in London at around 3pm today.
Officers attended along with paramedics but sadly a man died at the scene. The incident is not currently being treated as suspicious. Officers are working to identify the man and inform his next of kin.”
More information to follow.
Disruptions are set until the end of the day
Following the incident, South West Trains have said delays and disruption will last until the end of the day.
— South West Trains (@SW_Trains) April 24, 2017
South West tickets being accepted on alternative routes
South West has announced tickets for its disrupted routes will be valid on alternative Network Rail and Southern routes as well as public transport operated by TfL.
Trains to Sutton are terminating at West Croydon
Trains from London Victoria heading towards Sutton are reportedly having to terminate at West Croydon.
Delays of up to 18 minutes are also being reported from West Croydon.
First pictures of emergency crews at the scene
Twitter user @Illawarrian has posted these shots of emergency response units on Queenstown Road.
Ambulance crews, police, and firefighters are on the scene.
Southern Rail’s routes are also being affected by the disruption. Check before you travel.
A Southern train due to stop at Gipsy Hill passed through the station without stopping after the service was amended. Apparently passengers didn’t know.
Delays of up to one hour are expected
National Rail have advised commuters to consider alternative routes for their journey tonight as delays of up to one hour have been expected.
A spokesman for National Rail said: “Emergency services are dealing with an incident between London Waterloo and Clapham Junction.
“This is causing major disruption to trains between these stations.
“Trains may be cancelled, revised or delayed by up to 60 minutes. This is expected to continue until the end of service.”
Passengers have been told they can use their tickets on London Underground, Great Western Railway, London buses in South West London, and Thameslink services.
Trains “just stopped” as the incident unfolded
Commuters have taken to Twitter to describe how their trains came to a standstill outside Queenstown Road during the incident.
Announcements are ‘unclear’ by DaveComeau
A passenger has said on Twitter that people are struggling to hear the updates on what is happening over the Tannoy at Waterloo due to the an echo and person speaking too fast.
Tubes serving Waterloo as usual
TfL are not reporting any status issues on the Bakerloo, Northern, Jubilee and Waterloo and City lines, which serve Waterloo.
Lines reopened but major disruption continues
National Rail has confirmed that all lines have now reopened but anticipate disruption between Waterloo and Clapham Junction until the end of today.
Trains to Mole Valley by DaveComeau
The National Rail departures don’t make for good reading at the moment. With most people leaving work in the next 30 minutes, the list of departures simply say ‘delayed’ on routes from Waterloo to Leatherhead.
Passengers are still unable to alight or board trains at Queenstown Road station, where a large emergency service presence was on the scene.
Trains through Croydon stations ‘back to normal’ by DaveComeau
Delays to Southern Rail trains running between Victoria and Sutton via West Croydon, appear to be running on time now.
The delays are now concentrated to the South West Trains routes.
Trains from Waterloo to Dorking are mostly showing as on time, but there are some which include a bus replacement service for part of the journey.
We’re closing down the live blog as there are unlikely to be further updates. Good luck getting home folks.