Rail passengers in East Hampshire warned to expect disruption to services

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Wednesday 22nd November 2017 4:09 pm

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RAIL passengers in East Hampshire are being warned to expect disruption to train services later this evening.

Network Rail and South Western Railways are planning to take precautions against the expected weather conditions, with high winds expected to sweep across the south later today.

The Met Office has issued a ‘yellow’ warning, forecasting high winds and heavy rain, meaning travel disruption is possible.

Network Rail, working with train operator South Western Railway, has activated its weather contingency plans for some routes and is advising passengers to check before they travel by visiting www.nationalrail.co.uk

Network Rail’s weather contingencies include temporary speed restrictions to protect passengers and train crew from the effects of high winds, which can blow trees and other debris on to railway lines and overhead power lines.

On the Petersfield to Portsmouth Harbour section of the London Waterloo line, speed restrictions are expected to be in place from 8pm this evening through until 2am tomorrow morning (Thursday).

With trains running at a reduced top speed – typically of around 50mph – drivers are better able to bring trains to a halt if anything is spotted ahead.

Additional railhead cleaning trains will be in operation to both confirm lines are clear and remove any tree debris.

People living near railway lines can also help by securing garden furniture, equipment and trampolines, reducing the risk of them being blown on to the tracks or overhead power lines.

A spokesperson for Network Rail said: “We are keeping a close eye on weather reports and are doing everything we can to prepare.

“This includes deploying additional teams across the South Western Railway network to remove debris quickly and safely if we need to, and to keep passengers moving.”

Speed restrictions are also expected to be put in place between Eastleigh and Cosham, St Denys and Cosham, Southampton Airport Parkway and Weymouth, and Romsey and Southampton Central.

As a result, there will be changes to some services and passengers are advised to check before they travel.

Other speed restrictions may be imposed as the situation develops.