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Second day of misery for rail users as derailed train causes delays and cancellations

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It's a second day of misery for local commuters after a train derailed at Eastleigh
It's a second day of misery for local commuters after a train derailed at Eastleigh

RAIL users in the region face another day of disruption today (Wednesday) as a derailed freight train brings further delays, diversions and route cancellations.

Engineers worked through the night to remove carriages from the track at Eastleigh, which came off the rails yesterday morning.

However, work is still ongoing and South Western Railway has warned the disruption will continue until the end of today. No services will stop between Winchester and Southampton Central.

A Network Rail spokesperson said: “We are sorry for the continued delays to services through Eastleigh station, following a derailed freight train. Specialist teams have been on site throughout the day and we are in the process of removing the freight vehicles.

“Once clear, track assessments will commence and repairs will be made throughout Wednesday 29th January with the aim of recommencing services through the station from Thursday 30th January.

“Services on the London Waterloo to Weymouth, Southampton and Winchester line will be severely disrupted on 29 January 2020. Please continue to check before you travel and follow @SW_help [on Twitter] for the latest updates.”

Trains running between Weymouth and London Waterloo, which pass through the New Forest, are heavily affected, with all XX.05 services to the capital cancelled, along with all XX.20 services running the other way.

The XX.35 services from Waterloo to Weymouth and the XX.03 Weymouth to Waterloo will be diverted via Fareham and will add 60 minutes to the usual journey time.

The XX.50 services from Poole to Waterloo will end at Southampton Central, while the XX.39 Waterloo to Poole services will start at Southampton Central instead of Waterloo.

A shuttle will run between Winchester and Basingstoke, also calling at Micheldever, and replacement buses have been arranged at Southampton Central, Fareham, Basingstoke, Winchester, Southampton Airport Parkway, Eastleigh and Andover.

To find out more go to www.southwesternrailway.com/plan-my-journey/live-departures-and-arrivals

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