A landslip on an embankment carrying the railway near Salisbury has caused the line to be closed to services, potentially for upto 2 months.
Rail users were warned that they could face two months of travel disruption after a landslide blocked a railway line between Romsey and Salisbury on Tuesday February 18.
The incident meant that the railway needs “substantial repair work” and this is expected to take up to two months to fix.
Now, rail chiefs are saying there is “no timescale for repair at present”, but have ensured residents that they are doing everything they can.
From an initial inspection, they have observed that the embankment has slipped, leaving the track unsupported over approximately 20 metres causing the track to dip, making it unsafe to run trains.
A field next to the line is flooded which is the only access to the site to undertake repair work and due to the scale of the slip, it cannot be fixed from the track.
Passengers are advised to check with South Western Railway and Great Western Railway before they travel for details about replacement buses. Currently, there are replacement buses from Salisbury to Southampton.
Mark Killick, route director for Network Rail Wessex, said: “I am sorry we are not able to run trains between Salisbury and Southampton, but our priority is the safety of passengers and staff working on the trains.”
“Our engineering teams are assessing the damage to see what repairs are needed.
“We are unable to provide a date for reopening the line at this time; this will be shared once the full extent of the damage is understood and we are clear about the repair work required.”