Landslide set to cause train travel woe into January

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
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A SEVERE landslide on Portsmouth’s direct railway line into London Waterloo is set to cause travel problems for passengers into January.

The landslide happened between Liss and Liphook on Christmas Eve and all trains travelling to and from Portsmouth to London Waterloo via Petersfield are affected.

The line is shut between Petersfield and Haslemere in Surrey and the level of damage has been described as ‘quite substantial’.

South West Trains said a bus replacement service is running between the two towns ‘until at least January 6’.

Specialist engineers were yesterday examining the damage and assessing what work needs to be done to stabilise the embankment.

South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance has apologised for any inconvenience cause.

‘The landslide between Haslemere and Petersfield requires more extensive work before we can reopen the route,’ said a spokesman.

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

An ‘almost normal’ service on train lines in the rest of the area has resumed following disruptions caused by severe bad weather over the Christmas period.

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

Workers have also inspected flooding in nine areas.

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.