Upgrading the railway in the Wessex and South Coast area

Wessex

Network Rail is carrying out infrastructure improvements as well as essential maintenance of the region's railway to help provide better and faster journeys.

Major projects include viaduct strengthening work and track renewals in the Portsmouth area, plus track and signalling upgrades in the Southampton area.

There is also rail improvement work planned between Frome, Castle Cary and Weymouth on the Heart of Wessex route.

The impact on train services will be as follows:

Saturday 31 October to Sunday 1 November

Trains between Romsey and Fareham will call at Eastleigh instead of Southampton Central

South Western Railway services run between Eastleigh and Southampton Central on Saturday 31 October with replacement buses operating on Sunday 1 November.

Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 November

Buses replace trains between Salisbury and Romsey.

Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 November

Trains between London Paddington and the South West will be diverted and journey times extended by up to 45 minutes.

Some London Paddington services will start/terminate at Westbury on Saturday 14 November and at Frome on Sunday 15 November.

Trains will run between Castle Cary and Weymouth, and also from Frome towards Bristol Temple Meads.

Buses replace trains between:

  • Westbury, Castle Cary and Taunton (Sat)
  • Frome, Castle Cary and Taunton (Sun)
  • Frome, Bruton and Castle Cary (both dates)

Saturday 21 November

Trains between Romsey and Fareham will call at Eastleigh instead of Southampton Central.

South Western Railway services will run between Eastleigh and Southampton Central.

Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 November

Buses replace trains between Warminster and Salisbury.

Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 December

Buses replace trains between Dorchester West and Weymouth.

Sunday 20 December

Buses replace trains between Southampton Central and Portsmouth Harbour.

2021

Friday 1 to Sunday 3 January

Buses replace trains between Fareham and Portsmouth Harbour.

Sunday 17 to Sunday 24 January

Buses replace trains between Fareham and Portsmouth Harbour on Sunday 17 and Sunday 24 January.

From Monday 18 to Saturday 23 January buses replace trains between Fratton and Portsmouth Harbour.

Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 January 2021

Trains between Romsey and Fareham will call at Eastleigh instead of Southampton Central.

South Western Railway services run between Eastleigh and Southampton Central on Saturday 30 January with replacement buses operating on Sunday 31 January.

Looking ahead

Further engineering work is planned by Network Rail in the spring affecting train services in the Southampton area.

For more information visit the Network Rail website for Southampton upgrades.

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Using one of our rail replacement services?

Don’t forget, space is limited on buses/coaches compared to trains, so please don’t bring:

  • large items of luggage
  • bikes (excluding folding bikes)
  • dogs (excluding assistance dogs)

Pushchairs must be folded up and stored as luggage.

Help with your journey

It’s best to let us know in advance if you need help. To find out more, visit GWR.com/PassengerAssist.

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