TRAINS in and out of Portsmouth will not run on Monday morning in preparation ahead of forecast strong winds and heavy rain.
South West Trains has advised commuters not to travel as weather forecasters warn of hurricane-force winds and heavy rain across the south of the country. No services will run before 8am.
Southern Railways has also announced trains will not run until ‘it has been declared safe to do so’, which is not expected to be before 9am.
South West Trains says it will be operating a significantly reduced timetable, with the majority of services not expected to run until at least 8am. Across the network, trains will run at a maximum of 50mph as a safety measure in case of obstructions on the tracks. This will result in extended journey times on services.
A spokesman said; ‘Maintenance teams are checking high-risk sites to carry out work to reduce the impact from flooding and fallen trees. Extra staff are also being deployed at key locations across the network to help keep trains running. Test trains will run from early in the morning to check routes are safe to operate.’
Train operators say they are following advise from Network Rail, which has declared that while there is an immediate safety risk of fallen trees obstructing lines, train services should be halted.
For full details on disrupted travel services, visit www.nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions.