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Southeastern services plus Victoria and Waterloo stations affected by freak lightning strike in Wandsworth
THOUSANDS of travellers were left stranded on trains and station platforms yesterday evening after a lightning strike damaged signalling equipment.
Network Rail said the lightning hit a power substation in south Wandsworth at around 5.30pm which triggered a power surge disrupting signalling for Victoria and Waterloo stations.
Victoria station suffered the worst disruption with the Southeastern side closed down and no trains running via Herne Hill.
Disgruntled commuters were forced to take buses and taxis to complete their journeys.
A spokesman for Network Rail said traction problems were not fixed until around 10pm, with engineers working through the night to get services up and running again this morning.