WEATHER: Warning for train passengers as strong winds hit Portsmouth area

A weather warning for strong winds has been issued across the Portsmouth area. Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
A weather warning for strong winds has been issued across the Portsmouth area. Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
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Train passengers have been warned of disruption to services today and tomorrow morning due to strong winds.

Network Rail has introduced temporary speed restrictions on some routes - typically a top speed of 50mph - to protect crew and passengers from the effects of high winds.

It comes after the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for wind across the UK, with gusts of up to 70mph expected in exposed coastal areas.

As well as speed restrictions train operators are also running extra railhead cleaning trains to confirm lines are clear and remove any debris.

People living near the railway are also being encouraged to help by securing garden furniture and equipment to reduce the risk of them blown onto the tracks.

A Network Rail spokesperson said: ‘We are keeping a close eye on weather reports and are doing everything we can to prepare.

‘This includes deploying additional teams across the South Western Railway network to remove debris quickly and safely if we need to, and to keep passengers moving.’

The weather warning is in place until 7am tomorrow.