Monday, October 28, 2013
South West Trains has now re-opened most routes on its network this afternoon (Monday) as engineers continue working to clear the last of the fallen trees and debris following overnight hurricane-force winds and heavy rain across the south of the country.
Around 90 per cent of routes on the network are now open and train services which are running are largely on time, although a significantly reduced level of service is in operation.
A phased re-introduction of services is underway. However, there will continue to be significant disruption through to close of service this evening.
A spokesman for the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance said: “Step by step we have been re-opening more routes across the network this afternoon as checks are completed to make sure it is safe to run trains. Our maintenance and engineering teams have been pulling out all the stops to clear the tracks and to look out for weakened trees which could still affect train services. Around 90 per cent of our network is now open and trains are starting to run again. However, we still expect significant disruption to continue for the rest of the day and we would advise customers to check the latest information before they travel.”
More information is available by visiting www.southwesttrains.co.uk