Emergency incident causing delays on trains between Bournemouth and Southampton Central 

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An emergency incident is causing delays on trains in Hampshire this afternoon. 

The lines between Bournemouth and Southampton Central were closed today (November 23) but have since reopened following the incident but disruption is expected until 6pm. 

Firefighters are at the scene after a fire in an electrical room

Firefighters are at the scene after a fire in an electrical room

South Western Railway (SWR) are warning customers to expect delays on the line. 

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A statement on the franchise website reads: ‘A specialist police unit was required to carry out an investigation before the line could be reopened, this has now been completed and normal working will be resumed.

‘As the line was blocked for several hours residual delays are to be expected until early afternoon, we may need to make service interventions to manage the disruption. 

‘To assist you with your journey your ticket will be accepted, at no extra cost to yourself, on the following services:

‘Cross Country services between Bournemouth and Basingstoke.

‘For further information or onward travel advice please speak to a member of staff or use a station help point.

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‘We are very sorry for any delay that this may cause to your journey.

‘If you or someone close to you has been affected by this incident or other, there is always someone to talk to.

‘Contact the Samaritans on 116 123 free at any time, on any phone. Help & advice is only a phone call away.

‘South Western Railway work closely with the Samaritans and support the brilliant work that they do.’