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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.

Rail firm's apology over 'fat people' announcement

Rail company apology over fat people announcement Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/Press Association Images

South West Trains have apologised for an announcement urging fat people to stay on their feet due to overcrowding.

The train was full of commuters when a member of staff reportedly said: 'We are going to be like sardines on this train, so can I ask that only slim people sit on the three-seaters.

'If you are fat then it is simply not going to work.'

One angry passenger on the service, which was leaving Basingstoke in Hampshire, told the Daily Mail: 'I am not necessarily a big person but most people are larger than those seats anyway. It's pretty disgusting. I would get fired if I said that at my work.'

South West Trains have since apologised, saying the comment, if it had been made, was unacceptable.

A spokesman said: 'All passengers are welcome on board our trains and we would find it unacceptable if that comment had been made by one of our employees.

'We run some of the busiest trains in the country and we do appreciate that space on some of our trains is limited.

'To provide extra space and seats for our customers, we are in the process of investing £250m in extra carriages and new trains.'

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Person hit by train in Surrey and delays for passengers

A person has been hit by a train near Brookwood, which is causing delays of up to an hour for trains between Basingstoke and Woking.

There is no firm estimate yet of how long disruption will last but it is likely to continue until at least 18:00.

Services are unable to call at Hook, Winchfield, Fleet or Farnborough.

A replacement bus service has been requested

Work begins for £7m project to improve South West trains

Work has begun on a £7m project to improve the busy Wimbledon junction -to improve the journeys for thousands of passengers.

Journeys through the station for the next 6 weekends will be affected so that South West Trains can enhance rail reliability.

Work has begun on a £7m project to rebuild a crucial railway junction in Wimbledon Credit: South West Trains

Work at the station begun at Christmas and will continue every weekend until mid-February, with no trains calling at Wimbledon on weekends.

We have scheduled the work in order to minimise disruption to passengers as much as possible but if you, friends or family are travelling during these times, I strongly suggest checking travel details first.

“This work will have a significant impact on our services and we apologise for the inconvenience caused but they are a vital part of improving our network and our service to passengers.”

– John Halsall, infrastructure director for the Network Rail-South West Alliance
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