More travel disruptions impact the public as Bournemouth train station experience heavy delays and cancellations after heavy rain flooded the railway lines.
Lines between Brockenhurst and Bournemouth have been blocked, with journeys between Bournemouth and London Waterloo and Weymouth also affected.
Commuters have been impacted by ongoing strikes for months, with these disruptions only adding to their stress.
I can’t get back home
One commuter, David Hardy, spoke of his frustration after he was left stranded in Bournemouth: “I can’t get back home and I’m now faced with the issue of not knowing what I’ll do tonight.”
Hardy was meant to travel home today (16th January) and had been left with nowhere to stay for the night after trains home have been cancelled for the whole day.
Christopher Howes is the owner of ‘Little Green Coffee Box’, a coffee shop next to Bournemouth train station, and explained how the ongoing train disruptions have impacted his business, which have resulted in a reduction of clientele by 50%.
“It was quite bad before Christmas as well, because of the strikes which obviously slowed down business a fair bit, but now we seem to be picking up again so it’s been a bit better.”
When asked if he thought the train disruptions had affected his business, he said ‘absolutely’.
The flooding disruptions should be fixed by the end of the 16th January, however general train strikes are expected to be ongoing.