A FIRE near Feltham train station brought chaos to the rail network on Thursday evening (July 2).
Thousands of commuters were left stranded in central London after the blaze – which broke out next to the line about 200m east of the station – destroyed three signalling cabinets and halted trains.
Services from Waterloo to Reading, Windsor, Weybridge, Hounslow and from Ascot to Guildford were cancelled after the fire broke out at about 4.20pm.
Network Rail engineers believe the hot weather caused dry grass on the banking to catch fire, which spread to the equipment cabinets.
Travellers reported spending three hours getting from Waterloo to Feltham on Thursday and engineers worked through the night to restore services but delays of about 30 minutes were still causing problems until 10am last Friday.
The fire comes less than a week after a pensioner was hit by a train at Feltham – also causing havoc for commuters.
Charli Rogers wrote on the social networking site, Twitter: “Sitting on a bloomin' train. Still. Need I say that Feltham is fast becoming my least favourite stop on the line home? Grrrrrrr.”
The delays have now been cleared and South West Trains is running a normal service.
A spokesman for Network Rail said: “It is believed that the sun and high temperature yesterday caused dry grass on the banking to catch fire, which spread to the equipment cabinets. The fire was not caused by a technical problem and British Transport Police are treating it as non-suspicious.”