Network Rail says a signal failure that has blighted services on the Portsmouth main line cannot be resolved for weeks.
The intermittent but daily problem delays a majority of Portsmouth services by setting three sets of signals to red at Rowlands Castle in Hampshire.
Signallers have to talk the driver of each train through the red signals, increasing journey times by around ten minutes.
Network Rail’s Wessex Region admitted to passengers: “This is incredibly annoying and disruptive, and is soaking up huge amounts of technician time.”
South Western Railway Chief Operating Officer Stuart Meek told RAIL: “It has been going on for weeks. Any failure that hits a location for that length of time is unacceptable for passengers.”
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