Landslip sparks major delays as Hampshire prepares for 70mph winds

10:23am Saturday 1st February 2014

By Melanie Adams

TRAIN passengers in Hampshire are facing days of travel misery as Mother Nature continues to batter the region.

South West Trains are warning passengers that there will be disruption between Eastleigh and Fareham for up to four days as they battled to unblock the lines after a landslip caused by last night's storms.

Flooding in the Botley area caused the landslip along the railway embankment, which has meant that no services can run through Botley or Hedge End stations.

As a result, trains services running through Eastleigh and Fareham, including Southampton to Portsmouth and Waterloo to Portsmouth, may be delayed by up to 30 minutes or diverted at short notice.

Replacement bus services will be running to get passengers from Fareham and Eastleigh stations to Botley and Hedge End.

A statement from South West Trains said: “We are very sorry for the disruption this will cause to your journey while essential maintenance is carried out on this line.

“Replacement road transport services are conveying passengers between Eastleigh and Fareham via Botley in both directions until further notice.”

The storms last night have also left many on the roads facing difficult journeys across the county, with severe flooding in Maple Road, Hythe and Bridge Street, Titchfield.

But there is still more to come, with the Met Office issuing a yellow wind warning for Hampshire over the next few days as gusts are set to reach up to 70mph.

This could result in large waves “over-topping” along some coastlines and the public are being warned to be aware of this hazard.

Winds will ease from the south later today but will return tomorrow and into Monday.

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