Live updates

Proposals unveiled for direct trains between North & South Dorset

These latest proposals build on the major improvements introduced last year. Credit: ITV West Country

South West Trains plan to introduce new direct services to Weymouth on Saturdays in the summer. It hopes to boost tourism by providing trains from North Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire.

They also hope they'll be an additional weekday morning service from Yeovil Pen Mill to London Waterloo.

The proposal of direct Saturday trains in the summer has been dubbed the 'Seaside Specials'. Credit: ITV West Country

Consultation is currently taking place with local authorities, communities and rail user groups about the proposals which would be introduced in May.

The summer trains would run on Saturdays and Bank Holiday Mondays from 21 May through to 3 September and help to provide a boost for communities, local businesses and tourism throughout the summer months.

Advertisement

South West Trains tweets about disruption

Advertisement

TRAINS: Disruption now likely until 1pm

Disruption on South West Trains between Waterloo and Yeovil Junction, Exeter St Davids and Salisbury due to emergency engineering works at Wimbledon - they are not running between Basingstoke and Waterloo. This is now likely to continue until 1pm.

Tickets are being accepted on CrossCountry, First Great Western, Southern, London Underground and London Bus services.

TRAINS: Disruption between South West and Waterloo

Disruption on South West Trains between Yeovil Junction and London Waterloo, between Exeter St Davids and London Waterloo and between Salisbury and London Waterloo due to emergency engineering works at Wimbledon.

Trains from Yeovil Junction, Exeter St Davids and Salisbury are not running between Basingstoke and Waterloo. Disruption is expected until 10:00.

Man killed after being hit by a train

A man's been killed after being hit by a train near Dorchester.

The 65-year-old Dorchester man, who hasn't been named, was killed on tracks near Woodsford level crossing last Friday night.

It is believed he had been walking along the road near West Stafford before he was hit by a Weymouth-bound South West Trains’ service.

An investigation is being carried out but police say the death is not being treated as suspicious.

Load more updates