A ROAD accident at Brockenhurst’s level crossing brought services between Bournemouth and Southampton Central to a complete halt this morning.
Disruption was expected to last until about 10am with South Western Railway warning of cancellations, delays and revised journeys. Coaches were drafted in to try to ease the problem.
The blockage on Lyndhurst Road was reported to have been between by two cars, leaving one on the tracks.
The damaged vehicles have since been removed and SWR said the lines were back open, although there would still be disruption to get trains back to where they were timetabled to be.
The accident affected thousands of commuters who use the New Forest line to get to work each morning, such as Brockenhurst College students and teachers.
SWR said in a statement: “Network Rail have been working hard to reopen the crossing, and normal working has resumed.
“As the line was blocked for a considerable amount of time many services have been affected and crew / stock are in the wrong place. We will still need to make interventions to manage the service.”
When the accident first happened, SWR said: “We are very sorry for any delay that this may cause to your journey.”
To help, SWR said tickets could be used without extra charge on Great Western Railway services from Southampton Central to Weymouth (via Westbury) and Westbury to Reading; Govia Thameslink Railway services between Portsmouth/Southampton and London Victoria; and Cross Country services via any reasonable route.
Replacement buses were arranged from 7am between Bournemouth and Southampton Central stations, said SWR.
Travellers between Brockenhurst and Lymington Town and Pier were directed to use a help point.
Find out more at www.southwesternrailway.com/plan-my-journey.