UPDATE: Portsmouth-London train line reopened after ‘significant damage’ to railway

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A train line between Portsmouth and London has been reopened after part of the railway in the London direction was damaged.

South Western Railway said a driver had reported ‘significant damage’ to the electrical third rail at Winchester, on the Portsmouth to London line.

All lines between Eastleigh and Basingstoke were blocked, but have now been reopened.

Train services between Portsmouth Harbour and London Waterloo via Basingtoke were cancelled, with rail replacement buses in operation.

Disruption to services is still expected until at least 4pm.

Go to the South Western Railway website for more information.