South Western Railway disruption: Passengers evacuated onto tracks near Hinchley Wood after fallen tree blocks line; There was major disruption across the South Western Railway (SWR) network on Thursday morning after high winds brought trees down on lines.
Byline: Nathan Hyde
Passengers were evacuated from a train and forced to walk along a railway line nearHinchley Woodrailway station on Thursday morning (January 18).
After departing fromGuildfordat 5.37am, a commuter train was brought to a halt when a tree fell on the line a few hundred metres from the station.
South Western Railway(SWR) andNetwork Railstaff then evacuated passengers and told them to walk back down the tracks to Hinchley Wood.
One passenger, who wished remain anonymous, said "strong winds were buffeting" the train after it came to a halt before the power went out.
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He added: "Network Rail attended and [there was a] gradual detraining with passengers walking back along tracks to Hinchley Wood."
The passenger continued: "The South Western Railway and Network Rail staff [were] really good at keeping us informed of what was happening and assisting people off.
"No trains either way at moment so South Western Railway are laying on taxis."
Thousands of passengers were left facing long delays across the SWR network on Thursday morning afterfallen trees caused major disruptionfor many commuters.
We will have live traffic and travel updates throughout the morning as the full scale of the high winds become apparent on ourtraffic and travel live blog.
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Passengers were reportedly told to walk back along the lines to Hinchley Wood
It is understood a tree fell on the line, blocking the route