A vital train line in Hampshire reopened this morning after it collapsed during the biggest landslip in Britain in the floods. 80 metres of embankment fell away at Botley in torrential rain at the start of last month.
Video. It was the biggest landslip in Britain during the floods, closing a rail line and causing chaos for commuters. But it is hoped a vital train line will re-open tomorrow, bringing some relief to passengers next week.
Around 80 metres of the embankment collapsed in torrential rain in Hampshire at the start of last month. It has meant a main line between London and Portsmouth has been closed.
Trains were diverted, and replacement buses brought in, with effects on key commuting towns like Basingstoke and Farnborough. It could be three months before everything is back to normal for fear of more landslips. But for now, at least, trains may start running again.
Police are investigating after four horses disappeared from a field on Woodhouse Lane in Botley overnight on Friday, February 28th.A padlock holding the gate in place had been knocked off and no reports were received of any loose horses in the area after 4pm.
Officers are investigating whether the animals were stolen. Two of the horses were 12 and 14-year-old geldings respectively. The other two were colt yearlings and difficult to handle. A total value for all four horses is thought to be around £14,000.
I’m keen to speak to anyone who was in the Woodhouse Lane area between 4pm on Friday afternoon and 6.30am the following morning. Do you recall seeing a horse box or animal style transporter? Did you see the horses loose ijn the area?”
Trains have been diverted - and there's longer journeys this morning - after a landslip in Hampshire.
South West Trains have said the London Waterloo to Portsmouth line - via Eastleigh - has been affected. Trains will not call at Botley or Hedge End in either direction.
Journey times will increase by 30 minutes. The line could be blocked for several weeks.
London bound services will also not call at Farnborough Main, Woking or Clapham Junction to minimise the impact of the diversions and delays on the rest of the service.
Portsmouth bound trains will call additionally at Southampton Airport Parkway.
Southampton to Portsmouth trains will run on their normal route.
Rail replacement buses will operate hourly in both directions between Fareham and Southampton Airport Parkway calling at Botley and Hedge End.
Additional buses will operate at peak hours (06:00 to 09:00 & 16:00 to 20:00) between Hedge End and Southampton Airport Parkway only. This will provide buses at a 15 minute frequency.
A spokesman for South West Trains said: "The line will remain blocked for some time. We will be assessing how the train and bus services perform up to Wednesday and may make further revisions to the services going forward. A plan for Thursday and beyond will be published as soon as possible."
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Hampshire firefighters were involved in a range of calls across the county last night involving fires, accidents and building collapse.
In Eastleigh, crews rescued a female casualty from a car in a two-vehicle accident on the eastbound carriageway of the M27, between J5 and J7.
16 firefighters from Botley, Hightown and Eastleigh, along with an animal rescue specialist, put out a fire involving 30 chickens.
The chickens were helped to safety from the fire that was caused by their wooden sheds.
The Fire Service were also called out to deal with chimney fires in Hythe.
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s head of response, Andy Bowers, said: “The wide range of incidents dealt with overnight show how well trained and equipped our firefighters are, so they are able to deal with whatever scenario they are faced with."