Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Ice on railway in Hampshire causes delays and cancellations

Rail passengers have faced delays and cancellations to their train journeys because of "poor rail conditions".

Ice on the track in parts of Hampshire has caused disruption on South West Trains services travelling between Portsmouth and London Waterloo.

Trains were earlier cancelled between Havant and Guildford but have since been reinstated, albeit with "severe" delays.

The disruption came days after higher rail fares came into effect.

'Utter joke'

South West Trains said on its website that drivers had reported difficulty getting "sufficient power" for trains because ice had formed on the rail that carries the power for the trains.

A problem with a level crossing between Liss and Petersfield was causing further delays, the train operator added.

Commuters have taken to Twitter to voice their frustrations at the disruption.

Josh Sweetman tweeted: "Can't get to work because all trains between Havant & Guilford aren't running atm due to ice on the track, utter joke."

Alice Briggs said: "Waited for an hour for 6:48 from Petersfield then directed to Havant - Victoria via Barnham. Misinformed & won't arrive until 11!"

South West Trains said disruption was expected until 12:00 GMT.

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