Train services from Weymouth and Dorchester were due to be running again today after a broken down engineering train caused disruption.

The break down on Sunday following a weekend of track renewal work in the Dorchester area meant there was no service Monday and Tuesday, with buses laid on for passengers.

Network Rail apologised and says services are expected to resume this morning.

However another weekend of engineering works means the line will be closed again this Saturday and Sunday.

Yesterday the Waterloo line remained closed between Weymouth and Wareham while the Bristol line was closed between Weymouth and Dorchester West.

The disruption meant many were late for work or missed connections.

Speaking at Dorchester, Joe Mason, 21 from Bristol, said: “I was meant to be going to Bournemouth but have had to get a bus to Wareham which comes in 40 minutes, so I’ll be a bit late. I was hoping to get there before 1pm but now I don’t know when I will get there.”

Consolata Ngwenya, 40, was concerned she might miss her coach from Bournemouth to London due to the disruption.

She said: “I am not sure if I will catch my bus, I don’t think I’ll get there on time. If I miss that bus, then I will miss my connection from London to Sheffield. If I was on the train I could have been there on time.”

She added: “What can we do? We just have to wait.”

Martin Pascoe, 66, from Haywards Heath, said: “I have had to wait an extra hour because I just missed the last bus and it will now take me six hours to get home.

“They have kindly allowed me to take whatever route I like to get there.”

Meanwhile, taxi drivers were kept busy.

Simon Maddock, a driver for A-line Taxis Dorchester, spoke about the increased trade and explained: “It does help because when there’s disruption there’s always a few people who can’t be bothered to wait for the buses.

“The Wareham taxis are probably the biggest winners today.”

A Network Rail spokesperson said: “The railway line between Weymouth and Wareham has re-opened this morning, allowing trains to run as normal from the start of service following over-running track renewal works.

“We would like to thank passengers for their patience and once again sincerely apologise for the inconvenience this has caused.

“Additionally, passengers are reminded to check before travelling this weekend as replacement bus services will be in place between Weymouth and Wareham throughout the weekend to allow us to undertake planned engineering work on the line as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan.”