Rail services 'back to normal' after train derailment at Eastleigh

Rail services between Southampton and London Waterloo are returning to normal nearly a week since a freight train derailed, causing major disruption.

Six 52 tonne wagons came off the track at Eastleigh railway station on Tuesday January 28.

Engineers have built a temporary track so the route can reopen.

Further repairs to the track are required, therefore not all trains will stop at Eastleigh until the end of February.

Passengers are advised to check before they travel.

Trains heading towards Southampton from the Basingstoke direction will not be able to call at Eastleigh.

Trains will be able to call at Eastleigh in the London-bound direction from Southampton only.

Customers travelling to Eastleigh from the London, Basingstoke and Winchester direction will need to travel on a Portsmouth Harbour or Portsmouth and Southsea via Basingstoke service.

Alternatively passengers can travel to Southampton Airport Parkway and return back on a northbound service.

Trains from Romsey to Salisbury via Chandlers Ford will be unable to call at Eastleigh.

Services from Waterloo to Poole will be unable to call at Eastleigh.

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An independent investigation into what happened is underway by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB), as well as an internal review.