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Train delays continue due to debris on tracks
TRAIN services in Salisbury are suffering ongoing problems due to last night's storm.
South West Trains has begun to re-introduce a small number of services on some routes but most services are not expected to start running until later today.
Maintenance teams and engineers are dealing with around 50 fallen trees and other debris across the network, including a shed. This number has grown from what was previously reported due to trees weakened by the storm continuing to fall on tracks throughout the morning.
Test trains have been running since early this morning to check the condition of routes.
When routes are declared safe to re-open it will be significantly reduced services and South West Trains is warning that journeys will be very delayed with some taking twice as long as normal, due to the 50mph speed limit put in place as a safety precaution.
A spokesman said: “Our continuing advice to passengers is not to travel unless it is absolutely necessary. The south west was one of the areas worst hit by the storm overnight and the safety of customers and our staff is our absolute priority. We are working hard to restore services on our network as soon as it is safe to do so.”
Customers with single or return tickets dated today can use them tomorrow.
First Great Western's service between Salisbury and Southampton was suspended this morning. The line is now open but delays are expected and the company doesn't know yet when normal service might resume.
Customers are advised to check the latest travel information and allow extra time for journeys. Go to southwesttrains.co.uk or firstgreatwestern.co.uk.
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