Six million pounds of work to improve the rail line in Hampshire got underway today at Fareham in Hampshire.
The works mean disruption for thousands of passengers for nine days. However, Network Rail has said it will be worth it, because the changes will make the service better and more reliable. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.
The interviewees are Suella Fernandes, the MP for Fareham; and Owen Jones from Network Rail.
£4.6 million pounds is being spent on a major railway track renewal project at Fareham in Hampshire. Network Rail says the work should make a better, more reliable railway system for the area.
Nine sets of points are being replaced, as are the crossings which allow trains to move between lines, 240 metres of track are also being replaced.
The town's railway station is also being upgraded for an additional £1 million investment being jointly invested by Network Rail and Hampshire county Council. Today the Fareham MP, Suella Fernandes - and Hampshire County Councillor Seán Woodward visited the site to see work on the project start.
Passengers are being advised to check on their routes before leaving home. There are replacement buses in place. Check below for changes to timetables.
You can also visit South West Trains for more information about the closure and the disruption.
Hundreds of rail engineers will spend the next week replacing nine sets of points and track at Fareham railway station in Hampshire. The station will get a big upgrade costing about £1 million pounds.
For passengers buses are replacing many trains between Southampton and Portsmouth.
Thousands of rail passengers are facing nine days of disruption from Saturday while an important junction on the South Coast line is renewed.
The MP for Fareham, Suella Fernandes, has been following events at the Southern Health Trust on behalf of her constituents in Hampshire.
The politician raised her concerns about the organisation in the House of Commons earlier this year. ITV Meridian presenter Sangeeta Bhabra asked the MP about her reaction to the resignation of Southern Health's Chief Executive Katrina Percy.
The MP for Fareham, Suella Fernandes, has cast her vote at the Lockswood Community Centre and Library in Fareham.
The Conservatives have held Fareham in Hampshire. They were down by one seat, while UKIP added a seat.
The family of a motorcyclist found unconscious by the side of the road in Fareham have paid tribute to him.
Martin Robert Southwell, 58, from Andover, was found on Newgate Lane, near the entrance of Fort Fareham industrial estate. Paramedics attended but were unable to save him.
Police say it appears Mr Southwell came off of his motorcycle as he left the industrial estate. His Triumph Rocket Roadster motorcycle was found in the middle of the road.
Mr Southwell’s son, Rob Southwell has said: “He will be greatly missed by his family and the local community.”
Police continue to appeal for witnesses to this incident.
Anyone with information should get in contact via 101 quoting 44150331874.
A school in Hampshire is offering help to refugee families. Boundary Oak School near Fareham is offering offers two free places to Syrian refugees. It comes after the Government announced yesterday that the UK would accept 20,000 refugees from camps surrounding the war torn country.
Headmistress Hazel Kellett, said “If the UK is going accept 20,000 Syrian refugees then we are putting our hands up to help. The boarding school is offering free full boarder places for two children, between the ages of 7 and 13. We are perfectly set to provide a safe haven, food and clothing, in a place where the Syrian children will be well cared for and supported emotionally. Most will have had a devastating journey, many will have been orphaned and we will give them a place to call home. Boundary Oak School is a family community, and given the scale of the Syrian crisis these vulnerable girls and boys need everyone’s support.
There is queueing traffic at J11 / M27 westbound after a crash involving multiple vehicles. The slip road and the exit to the slip road for Fareham and Gosport are closed.