Outcry over lack of rail services

Labour have accused a Conservative transport minister of "hypocrisy" over the shortage of train services on Boxing Day. Passengers face major disruption to services on 27th December too,

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South West Trains warn of possible delays

In a statement on their website, South West Trains said:

"We anticipate that most routes will be open when train services resume on Friday 27th December however further adverse weather is expected overnight so it is possible services will be disrupted.

At present we are planning to run the advertised service on all lines r with the exception of between Petersfield and Haslemere. The line between Petersfield and Haslemere will be closed until further notice owing to damage to an embankments in 4 separate locations.

At present, it is likely that this line will remain closed for at least 7 days. Work is taking place to make the embankments safe for trains to run over. Until this is complete, alternate arrangements will be in place.

On Friday 27 and Saturday 28 December, trains from London Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour that depart Waterloo at 16 minutes past each hour will run as far as Haslemere. Trains from London Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour that depart Waterloo at 46 minutes past each hour will be diverted and will call at Woking (to connect with a shuttle service to Haslemere), Winchester, Fareham, Hilsea, Fratton and Portsmouth & Southsea

– South West Trains
  • Portsmouth Harbour to Waterloo traints that depart Portsmouth Harbour at 3 mins past each hour will be diverted, calling at Portsmouth & Southsea, Fratton, Hilsea, Fareham, Winchester & Woking
  • The planned trains running between Woking & Haslemere calling at all stations will run as advertised
  • A replacement bus service will run between Haslemere and Petersfield calling at Liphook and Liss
  • Trains from Portsmouth Harbour to London Waterloo that depart Portsmouth Harbour at 19 minutes past each hour will run as far as Petersfield.

Southeastern reduces services on Friday 27th December

In a statement on their website, Southeastern have announced they will be cutting services on Friday, until they know what impact the weather has had on the rail network. The rail operator made the following statement:

`"Network Rail will be out at first light checking the track for any damage, flooding and fallen trees and will advise us when it is safe to start running train services.

We expect to be able to provide a high speed shuttle service between Ashford and St Pancras International in the morning, however we are advised that it’s unlikely we’ll be able to run any metro or mainline train services until around midday.

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Weather threat means more rail disruption

Only a handful of lines will be providing services the day after Christmas, and many of those which are running are serving airports and the Channel Tunnel, leaving much of the country without trains.

Labour said rail minister Stephen Hammond regularly attacked their ministers when they were in power before 2010 over the absence of Boxing Day services, but had done little to improve matters since joining the Department for Transport in 2012.

Among those running were Chiltern Railways between London Marylebone and Bicester North, Southeastern trains between London St Pancras International and Ashford International, a Southern service on the Brighton mainline, shuttle services to Heathrow and Stansted airports.

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