Southampton

England, United Kingdom

Latest Stories

MP supports train guards strike

Labour MP Ian Mearns has joined a picket line this morning in support of striking South Western Railway (SWR) workers.

RMT said staff had been left with "no choice" but to strike, and accused SWR of failing to guarantee guard roles.

SWR said the action was "unnecessary" and it was "cynical" of the union to target events such as Royal Ascot, which will start later.

View more on twitter

Tuesday's weather: Dry start with thunderstorms later

A dry start to the day but from 18:00 BST there is a yellow warning in place for thunderstorms which will see heavy downpours across the region.

Temperatures will hold up in the double figures at about 18C.

Severe disruption: Isle Of Wight both ways

BBC News Travel

Isle Of Wight both ways severe disruption, between A3020 Medina Road and Castle Street.

Isle Of Wight - No ferry to run on Cowes Chain Ferry in East Cowes between the A3020 Medina Road junction and the Castle Street junction.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

South Western Railway strike set to hit Royal Ascot

Rail commuters on some of the country's busiest routes are facing disruption due to a planned five-day strike over the future of train guards.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) plan to walk out on Tuesday over South Western Railway's "failure" to satisfy their request for a guard on each train.

Commuters into London, as well as racegoers at Royal Ascot, are likely to be impacted.

SWR called the strikes "unnecessary".

View more on twitter

Timelapse footage shows bridge demolition

The moment a bridge over a motorway was demolished has been captured through timelapse footage.

The North Fareham Bridge over the M27, was knocked down by excavators in the space of 24 hours.

The motorway was shut in both directions between junction 9 at Whiteley and junction 11 for Portchester.

It opened as planned at about 21:00 BST on Saturday.

New carrier leaves for sea trials

HMS Queen Elizabeth
PA

The Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has set sail from Portsmouth for five weeks of sea trials and training.

The warship will sail again to the US in the summer, where it will host a British and American defence meeting - the Atlantic Future Forum.

The carrier is due to return to its home port in Hampshire for Christmas.

Isle of Wight Festival 2019: In pictures

Festival goers braved the wet weather during the Isle of Wight festival at Seaclose Park, Newport over the weekend.

The theme for this year's event was Summer of '69: Peace and Love to mark 50 years since Bob Dylan performed to about 200,000 people at the festival.

Have a look at some of the highlights.

Isle of Wight Festival
Isle of Wight Festival
Hospital staff arranged a special visit for bird lover Cleve Sherriff
Hospital staff arranged a special visit for bird lover Cleve after he spent five months intensive care.

Southampton's Itchen Bridge toll goes up by 20p

The cost of crossing Southampton's Itchen Bridge, which links Woolston to Southampton city centre, has gone up 20p per journey.

Drivers of cars, small vans and small 4x4s, who are not residents of Southampton, will have to pay 70p, rising to 80p during peak times.

Southampton residents using a SmartCities card will be exempt from the rise.

Itchen Toll Bridge
BBC

Monday's weather forecast: A largely dry day

Fairly cloudy this morning with some scattered showers.

More in the way of sunshine in the afternoon and most areas should remain dry.

Just a chance of the odd shower. Breezy.

Maximum Temperature: 15 to 18°C (59 to 64°F).

It should be a largely dry day

Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire eastbound severe disruption, from J5 for A335 Stoneham Way Southampton Airport to J7 for A334 Charles Watts Way.

M27 Hampshire - One lane closed on M27 eastbound from J5, A335 (Southampton Airport) to J7, A334 (Hedge End), because of Medical Incident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire westbound severe disruption, from J9 for A27 Segensworth Link Road Segensworth to J8 for A3024 Bursledon.

M27 Hampshire - One lane closed on M27 westbound from J9, A27 (Segensworth) to J8, A3024 (Bursledon), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire eastbound severe disruption, from J5 for A335 Stoneham Way Southampton Airport to J7 for A334 Charles Watts Way.

M27 Hampshire - One lane closed and queues on M27 eastbound from J5, A335 (Southampton Airport) to J7, A334 (Hedge End), because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire eastbound severe disruption, from J5 for A335 Stoneham Way Southampton Airport to J7 for A334 Charles Watts Way.

M27 Hampshire - One lane closed on M27 eastbound from J5, A335 (Southampton Airport) to J7, A334 (Hedge End), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire westbound severe disruption, from J7 for A334 Charles Watts Way to J5 for A335 Stoneham Way Southampton Airport.

M27 Hampshire - One lane closed on M27 westbound from J7, A334 (Hedge End) to J5, A335 (Southampton Airport), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire westbound severe disruption, at J5 for A335 Stoneham Way Southampton Airport.

M27 Hampshire - One lane closed on M27 westbound at J5, A335 (Southampton Airport), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire eastbound severe disruption, at J11 for A27 Fareham.

M27 Hampshire - One lane closed on M27 eastbound at J11, A27 (Fareham), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: A3023 Hampshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A3023 Hampshire both ways severe disruption, between Northwood Lane and Victoria Road.

A3023 Hampshire - A3023 Havant Road in Stoke, Hayling Island closed and severe delays in both directions between the Northwood Lane junction and the Victoria Road junction, because of a burst water pipe. Congestion to Fareham on the M27 (J10) heading eastbound. Traffic on the A27 is backed up as far as Bosham heading westbound. The A3(M) is really struggling from Waterlooville as a result. Diversion in operation - via Northney, North Hayling and Tye on Northney Road, St Peter's Road and Copse Lane. Affectin

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

M27 to close for footbridge removal

The M27 will be closed between Portsmouth and Fareham for 24 hours from tonight to allow for a bridge to be demolished.

The motorway will be shut in both directions between junction 9 at Whiteley and junction 11 for Portchester from 21:00.

Highways England said the closure was needed while work takes place to demolish the North Fareham footbridge.

It will reopen again on Saturday at 21:00.

Severe accident: M27 Hampshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire westbound severe accident, at J8 for A3024 Bursledon.

M27 Hampshire - M27 lane closed on exit slip road and it's slow westbound at J8, A3024 (Bursledon), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

'Significant improvements' at recovery centre

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found "significant improvements" at the Addiction Recovery Centre Portsmouth, after a recent inspection upgraded it from "requires improvement" to "good".

The centre, which had been in special measures, is a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation service.

Karen Bennet-Wilson, CQC’s head of hospital inspection for mental health in the south, said: "I am pleased that the service has taken to heart the findings from our previous inspection reports and built on them to provide improved services.

"We found... a strong person-centred culture with staff committed to keeping their people safe, and encouraging them to be independent. Peoples’ needs came first and all staff worked hard to deliver the best possible care with compassion and respect."

Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire eastbound severe disruption, at J8 for A3024 Bursledon.

M27 Hampshire - M27 lane closed on entry slip road eastbound at J8, A3024 (Bursledon), because of a car that's broken down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M27 Hampshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire westbound severe accident, between J9 for A27 Segensworth Link Road Segensworth and J8 for A3024 Bursledon.

M27 Hampshire - One lane closed and it's slow on M27 westbound between J9, A27 (Segensworth) and J8, A3024 (Bursledon), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

The young carers using music as respite
The music 'school of rock' is giving young carers a break from their daily routines.

Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire eastbound severe disruption, from J9 for A27 Segensworth Link Road Segensworth to J10 for A32 Wickham Road.

M27 Hampshire - One lane closed and it's slow on M27 eastbound from J9, A27 (Segensworth) to J10, A32 (Wickham), because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire westbound severe disruption, at J8 for A3024 Bursledon.

M27 Hampshire - One lane closed on M27 westbound at J8, A3024 (Bursledon), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Stop-and-search granted after 'serious violence'

Stop-and-search area map of Swaythling
Google / Hampshire Constabulary

Police in Southampton stopped and searched 42 people last night following two consecutive days of "serious violence".

On Monday afternoon there was a "large-scale public order incident" in Monks Way involving youths carrying weapons, police said.

And the following day, groups of young people were seen chasing each other near Cantell School with planks of wood.

A Section 60 authorisation, allowing officers to stop and search people in Mansbridge and Swaythling, was granted for Wednesday evening.

No weapons were found but a 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and violent disorder in connection with Monday's incident.

Isle of Wight Festival line-up updated

Sam Fender, Mystery Jets and Cage the Elephant have all pulled out of performing at Isle of Wight Festival, which begins today.

Organisers say Friendly Fires, Yung Blud and Starsailor would now replace them on the Big Top line-up for Saturday and Sunday.

View more on twitter