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Landslip near Petersfield sparks train line closure

CLOSED The landslip on Portsmouth to London Waterloo railway line between Liss and Liphook

CLOSED The landslip on Portsmouth to London Waterloo railway line between Liss and Liphook

 

A SEVERE landslip has led to part of the train network in the area being shut for emergency repairs.

The landslide happened between Liss and Liphook and is affecting train services travelling between Petersfield and Haslemere in Surrey and the train line is shut as a result.

South West Trains said a bus replacement service is running between the two towns ‘until further notice.’

It is not yet known when the stretch will reopen but an ‘almost normal’ service was today due to operate across the rest of the network following severe weather over the Christmas period.

Engineers worked round-the-clock on Christmas Day and Boxing Day to clear more than fallen trees across the South West Trains network.

Workers have also inspected floods in nine areas.

South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance has thanked maintenance teams for their hard work and the public for their support. It has also apologised for any inconvenience caused: ‘The landslide between Haslemere and Petersfield requires more extensive work before we can safely reopen the route,’ a spokesperson added.

‘In the meantime passengers travelling to these destinations will be able to use a bus replacement service for their journeys.’

Meanwhile a reduced train timetable is running in some areas as lines around London Waterloo undergo major engineering works.

About half of London Waterloo station and some lines between Waterloo and Vauxhall are due to be shut tomorrow, affecting services from the south.

On New Year’s Day, the train operator is set to run a Sunday service.

Works include replacing switches and crossings which used to control train movements into the busiest part of Waterloo.

It will affect platforms one to nine which will be out of use while the track work takes place.

South West Trains has advised customers to plan ahead before using the railway between Christmas and the new year.

 

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