Train delays after injured swan wanders onto tracks

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RAIL passengers face delays of up to an hour after an injured swan wandered on to tracks between train stations in Portsmouth.

The creature was spotted between Cosham and Hilsea by a train travelling along the line at around 9.10am this morning.

It took the swan just over an hour to make its way off the track, which has caused journeys from Portsmouth Harbour to Havant and Fareham to be delayed until further notice.

Jon Crampton, a spokesman for Network Rail, said: ‘The swan may have been injured and that’s why it was loitering on the line.

‘The RSPCA were advised about the situation.

‘The railway line runs through the countryside so there are lots of animals out there.

‘Although it’s not rare to see a animal on the railway line, a swan is a bit different from usual.

‘Trains were slowed down to make sure they didn’t injury the swan.’

In the meantime Southern passengers can use local buses on route 700 and also South West Trains services between Portsmouth & Southampton.

To find out whether this will impact your journey and to get alternative options planned for you, use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner, or call TrainTracker on 0871 200 49 50.