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Flooding delays train services as downpours return

Heavy rain has caused flooding on the Aldershot to Guildford line, which in turn has led to delayed services

Eastern Road, Aldershot, on Friday January 17 after heavy rain overnight

Flooding caused delays for railway passengers in Aldershot on Friday morning (January 17) as some lines had to be closed.

Heavy rain overnight led to flooding in the Ash area and meant South West Trains was forced to close the line between Aldershot and Guildford.

All lines on the network were reopened by 10am, however the problem caused delays of up to 20 minutes to services running through Ash and Aldershot and this was expected to continue until 10.45am.

Stagecoach buses on route 20 accepted passengers with valid train tickets to provide an alternative mode of transport for those affected.

A yellow weather warning for the south east was issued by the Met Office today, with further heavy showers forecast expected.

Although the afternoon is due to be dryer, the saturation of the ground caused by incessant rainfall over the past month means surface water flooding is likely, it warns.

Eastern Road in Aldershot was yet again a victim of such flooding, with businesses and councillors frustrated that, after flooding disappeared earlier this week, it returned so quickly.

Yet more rain is forecast for north east Hampshire over the weekend, with showers expected throughout the afternoon and into the evening on Saturday, although Sunday and Monday should be largely dry.

 
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