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.
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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
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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! pic.twitter.com/D9NV3qrj9O
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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.