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TRAVEL - TRAINS: HAMPSHIRE - South West Trains service suspended between Fareham & Eastleigh

Service suspended on South West Trains between Fareham and Eastleigh due to landslide at Botley. The lines may be closed until the end of February as there is significant repair work needed.

Buses will run between Fareham and Southampton Airport Parkway to connect with trains which are being diverted to stop at the airport.

TRAVEL - TRAINS: SURREY / BERKSHIRE: Staines & Windsor - South West Trains service suspensions

Service suspended on South West Trains between Staines and Windsor and Eton Riverside due to flooding. Tickets being accepted on First Great Western services. No replacement buses are available and there is currently no estimate for when normal service will be able to resume.

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Rail services update for Thursday from South West Trains

South West Trains have updated their plans for rail services on Thursday. They plan to run normal services to operate on routes, run test trains to overnight to ensure the tracks are clear and to provide information on all services for early commuters.

Following the strong winds and torrential rain South West Trains expects to run a normal service throughout the day on Thursday. Forecasters are predicting heavy rain overnight but the winds have dropped.

Full service information can be found on South West Train's website here. A spokesperson for the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance said:

“Over the last 24 hours we have had additional staff working across the network to ensure that tracks were cleared as quickly as possible with minimum disruption to planned services. We're sorry for any inconvenience caused by the weather and thank passengers for their patience.

– South West Trains spokesperson

Train delays and diversions caused by Botley landslip

A landslip has damaged the line at Botley in Hampshire Credit: ITV News

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."

First Great Western and Southern services may also be affected. Visit the following websites for more information:

www.journeycheck.com/firstgreatwestern

www.southernrailway.com/live-running-information

Rail services disrupted after landslip

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South West trains to get 'smart card tickets'

The government have today announced it is giving South West Trains millions of pounds to expand smart card technology at ticket gates.

Passengers at all stations will be able to use plastic, credit card sized tickets instead of paper ones.

The tickets are stored on the card where passengers touch in and touch out of the station.

It is part of a £45 million scheme in the south to improve the buying and use of tickets.

The Department of Transport say passengers will benefit immediately with the smart card tickets because:

  • they trigger automatic ticket gates more quickly and reliably
  • it will be easier to buy tickets online and collect them at stations
  • they will help to shorten queues at ticket offices
  • they are much more durable than paper tickets and do not wear out as quickly
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