The Met Office has advised that high winds ranging from 40 -50 mph on mainland areas and 70mph in coastal areas with combined heavy rainfall are to be expected to cross much of our route tonight until Monday 8 February.
The areas that we anticipate may be worst hit are the lines between Southampton and Weymouth, Portsmouth and London via Haslemere and Guildford and also between Salisbury and Exeter st David’s
To ensure safety tonight Saturday 6 February we currently have in place an emergency speed restriction of 50 mph from 19:00 until end of service across coastal routes on our network. This may add an additional journey time of up to 30 minutes in some places.
At present we are planning to run a normal weekend timetable on all routes this evening until Monday 8 February, however the risk of trees and debris being blown onto the railway may require us to make adjustments to trains in certain areas.
In particular, the first trains to run over tracks may need to be cancelled to allow us to ensure these routes are clear and safe to run passenger services. There may also be changes in the number of carriages to some services.
We will publish any changes on our website and customers are strongly advised to check before they travel by visiting our Live Train Information page or follow us on Twitter at @SW_Trains.
To plan your journey please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/
For further general information please visit
Met Office - http://ow.ly/qaacC
BBC - http://ow.ly/qaadu