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Track defect causes delays on South Western Railway services between Exeter and London

South Western Railway services were affected by the track defect. Credit: PA

Rail passengers on some of the busiest routes in the country faced fresh delays on Monday because of a track defect.

South Western Railway (SWR) services to and from London Waterloo were hit by the latest problem - including services between Exeter, Salisbury and the capital.

SWR services were disrupted last week because of signal failures.

The defect affected services between Exeter, Salisbury and London Waterloo. Credit: ITV News

The latest problem was at Wimbledon in SW London, and came a day after the new timetable was introduced, with SWR promising new services.

The issue on the track - which is expected to be fixed on Monday night - has resulted in an emergency speed restriction and a reduction in services.

The Exeter St Davids / Salisbury service is currently diverting via Baskingstoke.

Due to a track defect in the Wimbledon area, Network Rail has had to introduce an emergency speed restriction and has asked us to reduce the number of services on the mainline we run.

Unfortunately, due to the length of time needed for the repair, Network Rail can only complete this work overnight on Monday. Some of the West of England services (services to Exeter St Davids / Salisbury) will be running between Basingstoke and Exeter St Davids/ Salisbury.

Other alterations have been made to some of the morning services tomorrow.

– SWR message to passengers