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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.

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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Owner of historic mill badly damaged by fire says staff battled to save the building

The owner of the historic Bourne Mill Antiques Centre in Farnham has spoken of his devastation at the damage caused by a fire that broke out in the roof.

David Myers told ITV Meridian that every room in the mill had been damaged and spoke about the frantic efforts of staff to extinguish the blaze before it took hold.

In pictures: Farnham antique centre fire

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First picture of fire at antiques centre

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Firefighters are tackling a major fire at Bourne Mill antiques centre in Farnham.

Residents say that large plumes are smoke can be seen across the town.

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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.

Victim named in Farnham murder case

The body of a man found in a property in Farnham on Sunday, has been formally identified as that of 41-year-old Glenn Hack. A post mortem examination has now been carried out which has given the cause of death as multiple injuries.

A murder investigation was launched following the discovery of Mr Hack's body at his home address in Victoria Road at 7.22pm.

Two men were arrested on suspicion of murder. A 46-year-old man from Farnham has been released on bail. A 47-year-old man of no fixed abode remains in custody.

"Our thoughts and sympathies go out to Mr Hack's family at this difficult time and we are continuing to support the family and provide them with regular updates while our investigation continues. We believe this to be an isolated incident and officers are carrying out a number of enquiries to establish the full circumstances of what happened. We would particularly like to speak to anyone who was in Victoria Road area between midday and 11pm on Saturday to come forward with any information which might help the enquiry. Any detail, no matter how small, could be vital. If you wish to do so you can report any details you may have to the independent charity Crimestoppers in complete anonymity by calling 0800 555 111. Anyone with any information is asked to call Surrey Police on 101"

– Detective Chief Inspector Mark Preston
Property where the body was discovered Credit: ITV Meridian
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