Effects of bad weather causes more problems to train network

Signalling equipment at Fareham was damaged by a falling tree
Signalling equipment at Fareham was damaged by a falling tree
The Emsworth and District bus without its roof, after hitting the bridge. Credit: John Horsman

Roof torn off double-decker bus in Emsworth after railway ‘bridge strike’

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RAIL passengers travelling to Portsmouth this morning face further delays because a tree is blocking part of the railway line.

Engineers are out trying to remove the tree which collapsed between Eastleigh and Fareham and make repairs to the signalling equipment which was damaged by the fall.

It comes after a day of torrential weather which caused trees to collapse and cause problems.

Trains running through these stations may be diverted and services aren’t stopping at Hedge End and Botley.

A statement on the website for South West Trains says it will only be able to estimate when normal services can resume once the problem is fully assessed.

Alternative transport is being provided in the form of a bus service, which is running between Eastleigh and Fareham and calling at Hedge End and Botley.