Another Day of Disruption on South Western Railway

Lines to Waterloo from Richmond and Hounslow Loop closed all day again

South Western Railway are withdrawing all train services on the Hounslow Loop and the line from Richmond into Waterloo due to weather conditions for the second day running this Saturday (3 March).

Other services will call at all the stations on these routes.

Services between London Waterloo and Weybridge via Staines will run as normal.


Network Rail say that when a train has to slow down as it approaches a station or set of points, this can cause snow to compact on the rails and turn into solid ice. This not only clogs up the points and stops them from working but can also coat the electrified rail, disconnecting trains from the power they need to run.

Ice sheets are at risk of dislodging and damaging passing trains, and the steel rails can even freeze together if they become too cold. When this happens, signals stay red and trains can’t move.

Wind is another problem. If it causes snow drifts deeper than 30cm, or about a foot, trains can’t run safely unless they’re fitted with snow ploughs.

Latest information about what's happening on South Western Railway.

March 3, 2018