Major rail delays in Portsmouth area after fatality at Hilsea

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A FATAL accident at Hilsea Station threw Portsmouth’s rail services into chaos today.

South West Trains announced at around 2.30pm that services had resumed in the city following the death of a woman on the tracks just before midday.

But passengers were warned to expect major delays for some time.

Trains were unable to run beyond Havant and Cosham stations into Portsmouth and services out of the city were halted after the woman was hit by a train at Hilsea.

The station remained closed while police carry out an investigation.

Geoffrey Brooking, from Hayling Island, was at Havant station about 2pm trying to get to London.

Commuters at Fareham station after the accident 'Picture: Sarah Hunter

Commuters at Fareham station after the accident 'Picture: Sarah Hunter

He told The News he had been waiting for more than an hour-and-a-half, and said hundreds of other passengers were also left stranded.

Mr Brooking said: ‘It’s absolute bedlam.

‘Train services are starting and terminating at Havant and the station is awash with passengers who are stranded.’

Mr Brooking said that while it was possible to get into Portsmouth from the station, replacement transport was yet to be organised for passengers travelling to London.

It’s absolute bedlam.

Geoffrey Brooking

He said: ‘Stagecoach have put on replacement buses going down into Portsmouth but so far there is nothing going to London Victoria.

‘It’s complete chaos.’

There were also queues of passengers at Fareham station after the tragedy.