Wednesday 22 Nov 2017
Severe weather could lead to travel disruption on South Western Railway route
High winds could lead to rail travel disruption later today (WEDS) and into tomorrow (THURS) on the South Western Railway route.
The Met Office has issued a ‘yellow’ warning, forecasting high winds and heavy rain, meaning travel disruption is possible.
Network Rail, working with its train operator, South Western Railway, has activated its weather contingency plans for some routes and is advising passengers to check before they travel by visiting www.nationalrail.co.uk
Network Rail’s weather contingencies include temporary speed restrictions to protect passengers and train crew from the effects of high winds, which can blow trees and other debris onto railway lines and overhead power lines.
With trains running at a reduced top speed (typically of around 50mph), drivers are better able to bring trains to a halt if anything is spotted ahead.
As well as speed restrictions, we are also running additional railhead cleaning trains to both confirm lines are clear and remove any tree debris.
People living near the railway can also help by securing garden furniture, equipment and trampolines, reducing the risk of them being blown onto the tracks or overhead power lines.
A spokesperson for Network Rail said:
“We are keeping a close eye on weather reports and are doing everything we can to prepare. This includes deploying additional teams across the South Western Railway network to remove debris quickly and safely if we need to, and to keep passengers moving.”
Routes subject to temporary speed restrictions are:
2200 Wednesday – 0200 Thursday
- Salisbury – Whimple
2000 Wednesday – 0200 Thursday
- Petersfield –Portsmouth Harbour
- Eastleigh - Cosham
- St Denys – Cosham
- Southampton Airport P’way – Weymouth
- Romsey – Southampton Central
As a result, there will be changes to some services and passengers are advised to check before they travel.
Other speed restrictions may be imposed as the situation develops.
About Network Rail
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 38,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:
- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.