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First winter chill hampers Hampshire transport

Commuters have faced delays on the trains today as freezing temperatures hit the region- and they have been warned to expect even more problems over the coming days.

Leaves on the line led to train delays of up to ten minutes on the South West Trains (SWT) network, after the country was plunged into sub-zero conditions over the weekend.

With the cold weather expected to last all week, SWT is encouraging passengers to check for delays before travelling.

On the roads, gritters are due to head out across Hampshire tonight, with the Met Office predicting temperatures that could drop as low 0C in Winchester.

Hampshire’s highways team tweeted: “Road surface temperatures are going to dip below freezing so we’ll be salting our north, south and central routes from 8pm tonight.”

The preparation continued at Southampton Airport, where a spokesperson told WINOL: “We have no concerns over the current weather conditions, and we do have a snow plough on site for the wintry weather.”

The Met Office today launched its Get Ready for Winter campaign to encourage people to ready themselves for the oncoming drop in temperatures.

Studies have found that 90% of people underestimate wintry conditions, leading to about 40% of adults getting injured because of the weather.

Melanie Harrowsmith from the Met Office said: “A little preparation now can help your family stay safe – and avoid costly repairs or inconvenience that can result from winter-related issues and accidents.”

Communities minister Andrew Percy said: “Severe winter weather can have a terrible impact on communities and wreak havoc on people’s day-to-day lives.”

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