Train delays after Fratton derailment

By Connor Steel / Photograph by Habibur Rahman

COMMUTERS have faced many considerations over recent weeks as train services have been affected by the much talked about ‘pingdemic’ and a shortage of crew alongside severe weather conditions. But local residents of Fareham and Portchester travelling on Thursday (August 5) saw extra issues due to a train derailment at Fratton Deport in the early hours; with limited cancellations and many delayed journeys throughout the day whilst the vehicle was removed from the tracks.

The derailment occurred at 1:30am just outside the Fratton Train Deport adjacent to Goldsmith Avenue, with the reasons yet not established due to an ongoing investigation. Thankfully there was no reported injuries from this incident and emergency services were not requested to respond, but it did block a number of trainlines in the Portsmouth area. Early this morning, residents and commuters reported via social media that ‘all trains had been cancelled’ whilst authorities dealt with the aftermath; whilst travel companies warned of long delays and put into place the option of using train tickets on local buses.

However delays were fairly limited as the majority of train services were able to run as normal from Portsmouth Harbour; with routes between London, Southampton, Brighton and Basingstoke continuing at regular intervals much to the credit of all involved. But there was still disruption as 17 routes  were cancelled completely between 5am and midday, with enforced delays across the afternoon as rain and wind swept across Hampshire. At the time of writing at 6pm the delays have lasted throughout this evening’s rush hour period and are expected to last for the rest of the day. Commuters are asked to look before they travel and plan their journeys accordingly, with live updates on various websites such as Network Rail or Trainline alongside the train companies themselves.

A spokesman for South Western Railway (SWR) gave an update and confirmed further information about the incident. The service is quoted as “At 1.30am this morning a single carriage of an empty train derailed while manoeuvring at low speed within our Fratton depot, blocking the exit for a number of trains to enter service. We are sorry for the disruption to services as we work hard to re-rail the train, repair the infrastructure, and open the depot.”

A spokesman for Network Rail further confirmed at 1pm that a total of 17 trains have so far been cancelled. He said: ‘The incident is being investigated, so it is too early to speculate. Seventeen trains have been cancelled up until midday, some services are subject to delays and we advise passengers to check the latest train information before they travel. Teams are at the scene to attempt to re-rail the train so the extent of the damage to the track and signalling equipment can be assessed.’