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Landslide causes long rail delays

Inside the derailed train
The derailment on Saturday was caused by debris washed on the track

A second landslip on a Dorset railway line in the past three days has disrupted train services.

The landslip, at Upwey, near Weymouth, happened at about 1000 GMT on Tuesday.

South West Trains said journeys may be delayed by up to 40 minutes, while some trains were starting and terminating at Dorchester South or Bournemouth.

On Saturday, a passenger train on the London Waterloo to Yeovil Junction line was derailed near Gillingham after a landslip pushed a tree on to the track.

About 40 tonnes of debris was washed down onto the track from the cutting because of the bad weather.

The train remained upright and no-one was seriously hurt.

A SWT spokesman said they had been advised by Network Rail the line at Upwey would reopen on Wednesday.

He added the line at Gillingham was expected to reopen from first thing on Thursday.

In the meantime, a shuttle train service is running between Weymouth and Dorchester South.

On First Great Western services, buses are replacing trains between Weymouth and Dorchester West.

A bus replacement service is operating between Yeovil and Gillingham.



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