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South West Trains gives passengers a romantic send-off

South West Trains Valentine's Day messages on departure boards Image copyright ALex Dowding
Image caption All the departure boards have a romantic theme for Valentine's Day

Rail passengers are being given a "Valentine's Day send-off" with romantic departure board messages.

The Waterloo to Salisbury service has been renamed "When Harry met Salisbury" and Liphook became "Lips-Hooked".

South West Trains said suggestions came from both passengers and staff.

A spokeswoman for the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance said: "We hope those travelling with us today enjoy their journeys and have a lovely Valentine's Day."

South West Trains operates services in Hampshire, Surrey, Dorset, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Devon, Somerset, and Greater London.

Image copyright Sabrina Vitello
Image caption Commuters have been tweeting pictures of the changed departure board signs
Image caption The signs have been changed for one day only

Customers and employees were asked to suggest "quirky, romance-themed" alternative station names "in the spirit of Valentine's Day", the spokeswoman said.

"We got some great suggestions, many of which we are displaying on customer information screens across the network for today only."

Rail passenger Alex Dowding tweeted: "Bit of harmless romantic fun is never a bad thing surely? Sure the rugby crowd are loving it too."

Many passengers have welcomed the temporary sign change, describing the move as "spreading the love".

Commuter Sabrina Vitello, who was travelling from Walton-on-Thames to London Waterloo, said: "It's refreshing, made me smile all day."

Image copyright ALex Dowding
Image caption The suggestions were made by South West Trains passengers and staff

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