London Waterloo: Man chases dog down electrified train tracks

The man was seen running after the dog on the tracks at Waterloo
The man was seen running after the dog on the tracks at Waterloo (Picture: PA/WilliamLaven2)

Trains have been brought to a standstill at one of London’s busiest stations after a man was seen chasing a dog along electrified tracks.

Angry commuters at London Waterloo were left in shock when videos began circulating on social media showing a man running after a dog.

All train lines in and out of the station were suspended at around 7pm due to trespass, South Western Railway said.

‘Disruption is expected until the end of the day,’ it said on Twitter.

Passengers said power has been switched off for trains operating on the line as it uses an electrified rail, on which the man was fearlessly running.

An owner is chasing after his dog in #LondonWaterloo and they have cut the power on the lines

— Adam Willmott (@APFWillmott)

Picture taken with permission from a video posted on twitter by @benburns01 of a man on the railway tracks outside Waterloo station, London, looking for his dog. Train services out of Britain's busiest station were suspended on Wednesday evening after man was seen chasing a dog along electrified tracks. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday July 25, 2019. All lines in and out of London Waterloo were blocked at about 7pm due to trespass, South Western Railway said. See PA story RAIL Dog. Photo credit should read: @benburns01/PA WireNOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
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Was wondering why were stopped on the way to Waterloo

Then a dog runs past the train window

Then his owner chasing him a few hundred metres behind

Going to be late @IntWresLeague !

— Gordon Bonthron (@gordonjb)

Adam Willmott, 23, said his train had come to a standstill for 20 minutes with no power and was dumfounded to see the culprit sprinting down the tracks.

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He said: ‘We saw a dog running down the track and then, 20 seconds later, a man running after it.

‘The dog was much faster and the man was looking rather tired.’

He and many other passengers have been stuck on trains with no air conditioning, as temperatures reached 38C in the capital today.

‘We have no air conditioning and it is just getting hotter and hotter,’ he added. ‘The train manager said he doesn’t know when we will move.’

He tweeted: ‘People are stuck on trains near #LondonWaterloo with no water in 35 degree heat. Not a good situation’.

Waterloo station this evening, nightmare!

— William Laven (@WilliamLaven2)

A spokesman for South Western Railway said: ‘I can confirm that the trespass incident involves an individual chasing a dog down the rail lines and that services have been held between Waterloo and Vauxhall stations.

‘The British Transport Police have been called to handle the incident.’

It follows earlier disruption at London Euston and London St Pancras because of heat-related problems on tracks.