RAIL chiefs have vowed that “the majority” of services should be up and running on Monday, as they look to bring an end to the travel chaos.

Ever since the freight train derailed at Eastleigh Station on Tuesday morning, work has been underway to remove the train and install temporary tracks to allow services to resume.

After multiple time extensions, services are now expected to be back on February 3.

A Network Rail spokesperson said: “Works are progressing well and It looks like the majority of services will be resumed on Monday.

“The train has been re-connected, the old tracks have been removed and the new one’s have been installed. But the signalling and power still needs a lot of work and then tests will have to be conducted once this is complete.”

While trains should soon be running through the station again, it is unknown how long the permanent solution will take or what disruption this will cause.

Commuters have been dealing with heavy disruption since the incident, with many trains being cancelled, diverted, or heavily delayed.

The car park at Eastleigh Station will also be closed for the rest of the weekend to allow access for the heavy machinery and construction vehicles to reach the tracks.

In a previous statement by the rail company, it was said that the tracks sustained “very significant damage” as a result of the six 52 tonne wagons derailing, and repairs to the original lines could take “weeks or months”.


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