Thursday 20 Sep 2018
Network Rail advising passengers on South Western Railway to check before travelling due to adverse weather conditions
Network Rail is advising passengers who travel on South Western Railway services to check their journeys before travelling this evening (Thursday 20th September) and tomorrow (Friday 21st) morning due to severe weather forecast across the south which will require speed limits for trains.
With winds of up to 60mph and heavy rain being forecast by the Met Office, Network Rail is introducing speed restrictions between Weymouth and Bournemouth in both directions from 20.00 tonight and for all routes south of Woking, including routes to Portsmouth, Weymouth and Crewkerne, from 22.00.
A spokesperson for Network Rail said: “Due to the severe weather forecast by the Met Office in the south this evening, we have to impose speed restrictions on some lines on the South Western Railway network for the safety of passengers and railway staff.
“High winds can blow trees and other debris onto railway. These restrictions will mean train drivers are better able to bring trains to a halt if any obstructions are spotted ahead.”
People living near the railway can help by ensuring garden furniture, equipment and trampolines are secure and not at risk of being blown onto the tracks.
Passengers can check their journeys at www.southwesternrailway.com or National Rail Enquiries, and follow @SW_Help for service updates.
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We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.
Every day, there are more than 4.8 million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.