UPDATE: Trains restart between Havant and Portsmouth after tree falls onto track

The tree being removed from the line. Credit: Dan O'Donnell/Facebook
The tree being removed from the line. Credit: Dan O'Donnell/Facebook
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Trains have restarted after being halted between Havant and Portsmouth this lunchtime when a tree fell onto the track.

National Rail are still warning passengers to expect delays until about 3pm after the incident near Bedhampton .

But at about 1pm South West Trains announced on Twitter: ‘Lines have now re-opened between Havant and Fratton following a tree blocking the line.’

South West and Southern trains were both affected, and trains were currently unable to run between Havant and Portsmouth Harbour, with delays reported on the line between Havant and Cosham.

It is thought the tree fell near the disused Farlington railway station.

Witness Dan O’Donnell, who works opposite the site, said he thought the tree had been blown over by high winds.

He added that the tree had now been removed from the track and was now being left until tree surgeons can take it away.

Specialist trees surgeons were called.

South West Trains customers were told to use rail tickets on Southern services between Havant and Portsmouth Harbour / Southampton Central.

Southern customers could use their rail ticket on South West Trains services via Havant and Stagecoach bus route 700 between Chichester and Portsmouth Harbour.