THERE have been massive delays again on trains between Bournemouth and Weymouth.

Due to a Network Rail signalling problem between Bournemouth and Weymouth fewer trains have been able to run on all lines. 

The problem meant only ONE train per hour could run between the two Dorset towns.

All lines re-opened at around 1pm, but South Western Railway is warning train services may be cancelled, delayed by up to 20 minutes or revised.

Disruption is expected until 4pm today.

This morning at Bournemouth station, dozens of rail staff were on hand to advise passengers.

Many services appeared to be running on time although some people said they were not taking any chances.

Margaret Parker from Ashley Cross in Poole said: "I am travelling to London today and I need to be there for a meeting so I got a taxi from home to Bournemouth to make sure I didn't get caught up in the delays."

Many Brockenhurst College students faced delays of around 20 minutes.

And Stefan Woodley, 19, said: "I always leave really early because there are problems with the trains all the time - it's ridiculous really."

The delays come after passengers were stuck at Bournemouth last night due to a problem with the signalling system, causing all signals to fail between Poole and Wool.

Student George Richards, 16, said his train to Poole from Bournemouth was 45 minutes late.

He told the Daily Echo: "It’s not even a shock anymore, SWR are absolutely diabolical."

A spokesperson for South Western Railway said earlier: "It is anticipated that when the fault is identified, it will require a further four hours' work for it to be rectified. 

"This problem is still ongoing and until the fault is rectified by Network Rail, we can only run one train per hour between Bournemouth and Weymouth. 

"Passengers are advised to check their journey before they travel."

A detailed train plan is below: 


  • 05:50 Weymouth to Southampton Central due 07:25 will be cancelled. 
  • 06:11 Bournemouth to Weymouth due 07:14 will be cancelled. 
  • 06:15 Brockenhurst to Weymouth due 07:47 will be cancelled. 
  • 06:20 Weymouth to Southampton Central due 07:55 will be cancelled. 
  • 07:25 Weymouth to Brockenhurst due 08:52 will be cancelled.

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"We are very sorry for any delay that this may cause to your journey", the spokesperson added.