Safety risk - Buses replace trains between Farnham & Alton

Buses are replacing trains on rail services between Farnham in Surrey and Alton in Hampshire.

South West Trains said there is an unstable embankment along the route - emergency engineering works are underway. Rail users should check before travelling.

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Landslip means more delays for commuters

Commuters are facing further delays- after a landslip on the railway line between Farnham and Alton. The track has been shut since the embankment became unstable. Rock and soil fell away from the track at Wrecclesham. It's believed it was caused by heavy rain earlier this month. Engineers are now working to make the area safe as Sally Simmonds reports.

TRAVEL - TRAINS: Surrey & Hampshire - buses replace trains between Farnham & Alton

Replacement buses are running instead of trains between Farnham and Alton. Emergency engineering works are underway after an embankment was found to be unstable.

South West trains says using the stretch of track could put passenger safety at risk. Do check times before you travel.

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Passengers warned of major rail disruption

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Emergency engineering work will lead to major disruption for passengers on the line between Alton and Farnham tomorrow. It is understood that keeping the line running could put passenger safety at risk. An unstable embankment is blamed and it is not clear when it will reopen. Buses will replace trains on the key commuter route.

This statement has just been issued by Network Rail:

Network Rail is advising passengers to check before they travel as its engineers have begun emergency repair work to a railway embankment between Farnham in Surrey and Alton in Hampshire.

Network Rail’s orange army has been monitoring the stability of this embankment and has taken the decision to temporarily close the line following the weather forecast of heavy rain tonight, which could further affect the embankment’s stability.

The temporary closure will allow engineers to investigate the source of the issues and begin the process of fixing the problem. By temporarily closing the line it will ensure the safety of passengers and minimise the risk of any unplanned closures in the future. Unfortunately due to the early stage of the investigation work, it is not possible to predict at this time when the line will reopen.

Network Rail apologises for the inconvenience caused, but the safety of passengers must always be its highest priority. During the temporary closure, South West Trains is running a replacement bus service from Farnham to Alton, calling at Bentley. Passengers are advised to check before they travel through National Rail Enquiries or South West Trains.

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