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South West Trains ask passengers not to travel today

South West Trains say speed restrictions and cancelled services will affect passengers all day Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Archive/Press Association Images

South West Trains have asked passengers not to travel today - in an update on their website issued this morning. They say they will be operating a significantly reduced timetable all day.

The statement continues: "It is highly unlikely that trains will run before 0900 at the earliest and in some cases this could be considerably later. We have been running test trains this morning across our network and many have encountered fallen trees and debris on the line."

High winds mean they can only run trains at a maximum speed of 50mph, this is a safety measure in case of obstructions on the tracks. This will result in significant delays and in some cases these may take up to twice the normal time.

Maintenance teams are checking high-risk sites to carry out work to reduce the impact from flooding and fallen trees. South West Trains say extra staff are also being deployed at key locations across the network . Test trains will run during the morning to check routes are safe to operate.

The rail operator says the alterations to services are designed to maintain safety across the network, give passengers greater certainty on what trains will be running, and help avoid knock-on disruption.

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South West Trains delay

There's disruption on South West Trains between London Waterloo and Southampton Central, and between London Waterloo and Salisbury after a person was hit by a train at Basingstoke.

The line is currently blocked and there's no estimate for when the line may reopen.

The incident is also affecting CrossCountry and First Great Western trains.

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Extended engineering works causing problems in the Aldershot area

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Radical plans to tackle train overcrowding

The train company has announced plans to tackle overcrowding Credit: PA Wire

South West Trains has announced its plans to stop overcrowding on train services across our region.

More train carriages, longer platforms and opening the old Eurostar Terminal are all part of the plans to increase capacity.

South West Trains are looking to increase capacity for almost 10,000 extra peak-time passengers on routes in and out of London Waterloo by 2019.

The plans are part of the train company's aim to stop overcrowding Credit: PA Wire

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: "Britain needs a strong economy if it wants to compete globally and effective transport links are absolutely key to that. This is why the Government has embarked on one of the biggest programmes of rail modernisation ever"

New scheme improves rail services

Network Rail have teamed up with South West trains for new scheme Credit: PA Wire

South West Trains and Network Rail have joined together as part of a major scheme to improve services on train networks.

They are the first company where the train operator and Network Rail have formed a joint operation to run the network as a single company.

Scheme could reduce rail delays

For rail passengers delays top the list of passenger complaints but now a new scheme could help reduce the chaos they cause.

A new alliance between South West Trains and Network Rail is paying for extra transport police officers to drive emergency engineers to the scene of incidents with blue lights flashing.

The aim is if the engineers get there faster delays and frustration for passengers will be cut.

Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse was given exclusive access to join the new squads on patrol.

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