Weymouth to London trains disrupted until Monday

Weymouth to London trains disrupted until Monday

Published by George Sharpe at 5:06pm 30th January 2020. (Updated at 11:18am 31st January 2020)

Cancelations and delays to trains are expected to last until Monday.

A derailment near Eastleigh's due to cause more disruption this weekend with all lines between Southampton Central and Winchester blocked. Disruption is expected until the end of the day on Sunday, and passengers are recommended to continue to check before travelling.

In the meantime, services are being rerouted through Havant, with some services being cancelled or delayed. 

Engineers are currently assessing the damage caused by the derailment of six 52 tonne wagons. 

Delays affecting Dorset stations include:

  • The XX:05 Waterloo to Weymouth services will be DIVERTED via Fareham
  • The XX:20 Weymouth to Waterloo services will be DIVERTED via Fareham
  • The XX:35 Waterloo to Weymouth services will be CANCELLED
  • The XX:03 Weymouth to Waterloo services will be CANCELLED
  • The XX:50 Poole to Waterloo services will run between Poole and Southampton only
  • The XX:39 Waterloo to Poole services will run between Southampton and
Train derailment at Eastleigh

Some tickets will be accepted on other routes:

  • Customers with Advance tickets on the London – Weymouth route can travel earlier, or later, than the reservation on their ticket. If the journey is wholly on South Western Railway, tickets for travel between 30 January and 2   February can be used to travel on an an alternative day up to 2 February 
  • Southern Rail between Southampton Central and Clapham Junction
  • Cross Country between Bournemouth and Basingstoke.

What's being done about it?

Engineers are assessing the damage caused to the track. South Western Railway say damage to the track is extensive and engineers are working around the clock.

They're installing temporary track as the full repair will take more time.

A spokesperson for Network Rail said:

"The railway through Eastleigh remains closed and we apologise to passengers for the ongoing disruption.  We now expect the majority of services to run from Monday morning. 

"We are dealing with a complex situation involving the derailment of six 52 tonne wagons that has taken much longer than was initially expected. Following the derailment there is extensive damage to the track and our engineers are working around the clock to get the railway back open as quickly and as safely as possible.  

"To do this we are installing temporary track and will make alterations to the signalling and power supply as the full repair will take more time. Passengers should continue to check before travelling."