Train passengers face delays in Waterloo due to ‘smoldering power cable’

Commuters on their way into London are facing delays to rail travel this morning.

Some trains heading toward Waterloo East are diverted to Cannon Street due to a “smoldering power cable” on one of the platforms.

Travelers were first warned of the outage in a tweet from the southeast more than an hour ago. Some passengers say they have been trapped in trains for two hours.

Railway staff and members of the British Transport Police are now moving along carriages, providing information.

The first tweet warned: “There may be some platform changes for trains through #WaterlooEast for trains en route to London Bridge due to security checks next to platform B.”

It then said: “A power insulation is requested through platform B on #WaterlooEast due to a smoldering power cable. All trains to London Bridge will go through platform D.”

Those diverted to other stations can use the London Underground at no extra cost.

A Eurostar train at Waterloo Station.  Image: Eurostar
A Eurostar train at Waterloo Station. Image: Eurostar

Southeast told affected passengers to stay on their trains and listen to messages on board. It has apologized for the delays.

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