Fallen tree causing delays to trains between Portsmouth and London Waterloo as Storm Diana brings high winds 

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A fallen tree is causing delays on the line between Portsmouth and London Waterloo. 

The tree fell on the tracks between Rowlands Castle and Petersfield earlier today and blocked the line as Storm Diana brings high winds to the region. 

South Western Railway say that the fallen tree has now been moved but disruption is expected to last until 2pm. 

The rail franchise said: ‘Following a tree blocking the railway between Rowlands Castle and Petersfield all lines are reopened.

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‘Train services through these stations may still be cancelled or revised at short notice.

SWR services are facing disruptions until 2pm today. Picture: Victoria Jones/ PA Wire

SWR services are facing disruptions until 2pm today. Picture: Victoria Jones/ PA Wire

‘Disruption is expected until 14:00.’ 

A yellow weather warning for wind has been issued for the Portsmouth area by the Met Office for today as Storm Diana hits the region. 

Winds with speed over 50mph were forecast for the city this morning. 

SWR have said that the adverse weather conditions are expected to cause disruptions throughout the day across their lines on the South Coast. 

A statement on the franchise website reads: ‘As the adverse weather passes it is possible that some trees and other debris may be blown onto our railway.

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‘To ensure that any incidents can be dealt with effectively, specialist response teams will be placed on stand-by at key locations on our network.

‘They will attend any fallen debris and work to remove it quickly.

‘To further prepare, and ensure we can keep you on the move in the event of disruption, we have arranged for alternative transport to be placed on standby in key locations

‘We recommend that you check your journey before travelling.’