'Major disruption' is expected to continue after two trains were involved in a crash near Salisbury on Sunday.

According to National Rail, 'major disruption' is expected to train timetables until at least the end of the day on Monday November 8.

Which routes have been affected

Most of the lines through Salisbury are currently blocked, and will remain closed until at least the end of the day on Monday, November 8.

Customers are advised not to travel on this part of the network.

The disruption has affected Great Western Railway services between Cardiff Central / Bristol Parkway / Bristol Temple Meads and Portsmouth Harbour / Brighton.

The South Western Railway services affected are between London Waterloo and Yeovil Junction / Exeter St Davids; between Bristol Temple Meads / Yeovil Pen Mill / Castle Cary and Salisbury and also between Salisbury and Southampton Central.

According to South Western Railway, if you have tickets dated between October 31 and November 4, they can be used up until November 6, 2021.

READ MORE: Bus services disrupted after the closure of London Road and alternative routes

Alternative routes

South Western Railway has added advice on how to travel in the area.

"If you decide to travel on this route, your journey will take longer than planned and part of your journey may be made by replacement transport," the website reads.

Shuttle services are in operation between Basingstoke and Andover and also Salisbury and Exeter St David's starting at the following times:

  • Salisbury to Exeter St Davids at 47 minutes past the hour
  • Exeter St Davids to Salisbury at 25 minutes past the hour
  • Basingstoke to Andover at 07 minutes past the hour
  • Andover to Basingstoke at 38 minutes past the hour

Replacement buses are also in operation between Andover and Salisbury - but these are not running to a timetable.

The website says you can also use your ticket, at no extra cost, on the following services:

  • Great Western Railway on any reasonable route
  • London Underground on any reasonable route
  • CrossCountry between Reading and Southampton Central
  • XelaBus routes X6 and X7 between Eastleigh and Chandlers Ford
  • Stagecoach routes 4 and 9 between Exeter and Honiton

If you have paid for you own taxi to travel due to this disruption, the cost of this can be claimed back from the SWR Customer Services team.

Great Western Railway says that train services between Westbury and Southampton Central have been suspended between Salisbury and Romsey.

They are running replacement coaches departing from Salisbury for Romsey at 40 minutes past the hour and departing Romsey for Salisbury at 40 minutes past the hour.

The website says the journey time by road between Salisbury and Romsey is around 45-50 minutes.

On Sunday (October 31), emergency services responded to a crash involving two passenger trains in Fisherton Tunnel near Salisbury station.

The incident involved a Great Western Railway train service from Portsmouth Harbour to Bristol Temple Meads and a South Western Railway train service from London Waterloo to Honiton.

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