THERE has been major disruption to rail services this morning (April 8) after a freight train broke down outside Barnham.
Southern Railway said it was unable to operate any train services between Ford and Barnham in the westbound direction, after the freight train broke down overnight.
Trains running from Southampton Central and Portsmouth Harbour to London Victoria were cancelled this morning, with replacement bus services not arriving at Barnham railway station until 7am.
Buses are running between Littlehampton and Havant, calling at all stations and shuttling between Barnham and Bognor.
Westbound services from London to Southampton, Portsmouth or Bognor Regis were being terminated at Littlehampton.
“Services will divert into Littlehampton, terminate short or be completely cancelled and will therefore be unable to return from Portsmouth, Southampton and Bognor Regis,” said Southern Railway on their website.
Shuttle trains from Bognor Regis to Littlehampton are currently suspended, according to the Southern Railway Twitter feed.
It also said passengers were able to use their train tickets to catch the route 700 bus between Littlehampton and Portsmouth via Bognor and Chichester.
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Network Rail is now reporting the line has been reopened as of 8.40am.
However, it said residual delays of up to 40 minutes are still expected until 10am ‘while services recover’.