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Bad weather takes its toll on transport

Workmen at the scene of the landslide that has hit Portsmouth-London rail services. Picture: South West Trains

Workmen at the scene of the landslide that has hit Portsmouth-London rail services. Picture: South West Trains

COMMUTERS across the area face more travel disruption as bad weather continues to take its toll on the transport networks.

One of the main train lines between Petersfield and Haslemere will remain closed after a landslip made the tracks unsafe.

The disruption is likely to last for another week, as engineers work to make the embankments safe for trains to run over.

South West Trains says engineers estimate the line will reopen on January 6.

People wanting to travel between London Waterloo and Portsmouth are being advised to travel on services that run via Basingstoke and Eastleigh rather than use the replacement bus service which has been set up.

John Bradshaw, 39, of Hilsea, said: ‘I have to get to work over the new year period and obviously it’s frustrating but nobody is to blame for a landslide, these things happen.

‘It makes things more difficult for everyone but at the end of the day I’m sure people can get on.’

The Portsmouth area escaped any major disruption to roads yesterday brought on by heavy rain and strong winds.

The Hayling Island recycling centre was forced to close due to the conditions, and Hovertravel services were suspended.

There will be more disruption to the railway lines today.

Planned services between Portsmouth and London Waterloo will be running on the line via Basingstoke.

These trains will be extended to be at their maximum length of 10 or 12 carriages to carry more passengers.

Portsmouth to London Waterloo services that would depart Portsmouth at 15 and 45 minutes past the hour will not run throughout the day.

London Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour services that would depart London on the hour and 30 minutes past the hour will not run throughout the day.

London Waterloo to Portsmouth and Southsea services that would depart at 45 minutes past the hour will run as far as Haslemere and terminate there.

An hourly train service will operate between Portsmouth Harbour and Petersfield.

 

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