COMMUTERS are set to face at least another day of travel chaos as disruption is expected to be extended until the end of Thursday.

South Western Railway have announced that passengers should be expecting delays, cancellations and diverted train journeys until at least tomorrow night.

This comes after travellers have already faced two days of cancelled and delayed trains across the region due to a freight train derailing at Eastleigh Station, in which no one was injured.

Parts of the train are still yet to be removed and "significant repairs" to the railway infastructure will need to be done before lines can reopen.

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A South Western Railway spokesperson said that while the wagons are expected to be re-railed by 6pm, disruption is expected to last "a lot longer than that" as the structural damage of the rail is accessed.

In a statement made on the SWR website, they said: "Due to the derailment of a freight train between Southampton Central and Winchester all lines are blocked. Train services running through these stations will be cancelled, delayed or diverted via Havant.

"All stations between Winchester and Southampton Central will not be served and disruption is expected until the end of the day (30/01/2020).

"Work is progressing well but whilst this is carried out we cannot run trains through the area."

The large freight train derailed from the tracks at Eastleigh Station at 11.32am yesterday and commuters have been facing long delays and cancellations ever since.

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It is not yet know what the cause of the derailment was and Network Rail are still investigating the incident.

Ex railway worker Derik Everson saw the incident took place and was one of the first people to contact the police.

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The 73-year-old said: "I was walking on the road outside the station and saw that as it pulled away from the station normally, all of a sudden it started to come off the track.

"The sound was horrendous and there was lots of smoke.

"The driver did well to stop and control it but now so many trains are cancelled because the lines are closed."