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Landslip means more delays for commuters

Commuters are facing further delays- after a landslip on the railway line between Farnham and Alton. The track has been shut since the embankment became unstable. Rock and soil fell away from the track at Wrecclesham. It's believed it was caused by heavy rain earlier this month. Engineers are now working to make the area safe as Sally Simmonds reports.


TRAVEL - TRAINS: Surrey & Hampshire - buses replace trains between Farnham & Alton

Replacement buses are running instead of trains between Farnham and Alton. Emergency engineering works are underway after an embankment was found to be unstable.

South West trains says using the stretch of track could put passenger safety at risk. Do check times before you travel.

Passengers warned of major rail disruption

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Emergency engineering work will lead to major disruption for passengers on the line between Alton and Farnham tomorrow. It is understood that keeping the line running could put passenger safety at risk. An unstable embankment is blamed and it is not clear when it will reopen. Buses will replace trains on the key commuter route.

This statement has just been issued by Network Rail:

Network Rail is advising passengers to check before they travel as its engineers have begun emergency repair work to a railway embankment between Farnham in Surrey and Alton in Hampshire.

Network Rail’s orange army has been monitoring the stability of this embankment and has taken the decision to temporarily close the line following the weather forecast of heavy rain tonight, which could further affect the embankment’s stability.

The temporary closure will allow engineers to investigate the source of the issues and begin the process of fixing the problem. By temporarily closing the line it will ensure the safety of passengers and minimise the risk of any unplanned closures in the future. Unfortunately due to the early stage of the investigation work, it is not possible to predict at this time when the line will reopen.

Network Rail apologises for the inconvenience caused, but the safety of passengers must always be its highest priority. During the temporary closure, South West Trains is running a replacement bus service from Farnham to Alton, calling at Bentley. Passengers are advised to check before they travel through National Rail Enquiries or South West Trains.

Three injured in crash near Alton

Three people have been injured in a crash near Alton.

It happened on the A339 at Lasham at around 7:30pm last night involving a silver Toyota Corolla, travelling northbound, and a blue Honda Civic, travelling southbound.

The two occupants of the Toyota, a man in his 70s and a woman in her 60s, suffered serious injuries and were taken to Southampton General Hospital by ambulance.

The man suffered life threatening injuries and the woman suffered serious but not life threatening injuries.

The driver of the Honda, a 41-year-old man, suffered serious but not life threatening injuries and was taken to Frimley Park Hospital.

Part of the road by Lasham has been closed for recovery of the vehicles and for officers to examine the crash scene.

Diversions are in place.

TRAVEL - TRAINS: HAMPSHIRE Disruption between Alton & Farnham

Replacement bus service running on South West Trains between Alton and Farnham due to emergency engineering works.

Buses are replacing trains between Alton & Farnham, extending journey times by up to 20 minutes.Buses will not be calling at Bentley, passengers will be provided with taxis instead. Disruption is expected until 11:00.


Firearm stolen from military training building

Police are appealing for information after cash and .22 rifle was stolen during break-in at a military training building in Alton.

It happened between 1.45 and 2.15am on Friday November 11 at the Army Cadet Force / Air Training Corps building in Anstey Lane.

The break-in is also being linked to two others in the area - one at the local Scout Hut, and another at St John Ambulance.

Witness appeal after fatal collision near Alton

Police are appealing for witnesses after a fatal collision near to Alton yesterday evening.

It happened on the B3349 at Shalden at 7.53 pm.

A black Audi S5 was discovered extensively damaged; the vehicle had collided with a tree. The 40-year-old male driver from Hook died of his injuries at the scene.

Roads Policing Officers at Whitchurch would like to speak to anyone who may have seen the vehicle before or after the collision.

In particular, officers would like to speak to two women drivers who stopped at the scene to assist.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the investigation team quoting Operation Martello on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Man charged with robbery and murder of Alton man

Detectives investigating the death of Adam Cadman from Alton, have charged a man with murder.

Nicholas Paul Fields, of The Lamports, Alton, has also been charged with robbery and will appear at Basingstoke Magistrates today.

Two other people have been charged in connection with this investigation.

Lorraine Marie Jones, aged 32, and Chris Stephen Carrigan, aged 34, were charged with robbery. They were bailed in connection with the offence of murder until December 5, pending further enquiries.

Mr Cadman, aged 32, suffered severe injuries and died in hospital on last Wednesday.

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