Upgrading the railway in the Wessex and South Coast area

Wessex

Network Rail will be carrying out infrastructure improvements as well as essential maintenance of the railway to help provide better and faster journeys.

Planned engineering work includes upgrading a bridge between Yetminster and Thornford as well as track renewals and tunnel lining work near Dorchester.

As a result, train services will be amended between Weymouth and Yeovil Pen Mill/Castle Cary during January, February and March.

Much of the work will take place at weekends, although there will be a seven-day period in February when the line will be closed during weekdays.

The impact on train services will be as follows:

Saturday 25 January and Saturday 1 February

Buses/coaches replace trains between:

  • Weymouth and Yeovil Pen Mill (calling at Dorchester West only) – journey time approximately 60 minutes
  • Weymouth and Yeovil Pen Mill (calling at all stations) – journey time approximately 120 minutes

South Western Railway services via Bournemouth will be unaffected.

Sunday 26 January and Sunday 2 February

Buses/coaches replace trains between:

  • Weymouth and Castle Cary (calling at Dorchester West only) – journey time approximately 90 minutes
  • Weymouth and Castle Cary (calling at all stations) – journey time approximately 150 minutes

South Western Railway services via Bournemouth will be unaffected. 

Saturday 15 to Friday 21 February, plus Sunday 1 March

Buses/coaches replace trains between:

  • Weymouth and Yeovil Pen Mill (calling at Dorchester West only) – journey time approximately 60 minutes
  • Weymouth and Yeovil Pen Mill (calling at all stations) – journey time approximately 120 minutes

South Western Railway services via Bournemouth will be unaffected.

Saturday 28 March

Buses/coaches replace trains between:

  • Weymouth and Dorchester West – journey time approximately 25 minutes
  • Weymouth and Wareham – journey time approximately 40 minutes

Sunday 29 March 

Buses/coaches replace trains between:

  • Weymouth and Yeovil Pen Mill (calling at Dorchester West only) – journey time approximately 60 minutes
  • Weymouth and Yeovil Pen Mill (calling at all stations) – journey time approximately 120 minutes

South Western Railway services via Bournemouth will be unaffected. 

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.

Looking ahead

Network Rail will also be carrying out repairs to bridge structures between Castle Cary and Taunton affecting train services from Saturday 14 to Sunday 29 March.

As a result, most trains between London Paddington and the South West will be diverted via an alternative route, extending journey times by around 30 minutes.

However, some trains to/from London Paddington will start/terminate at Castle Cary instead with replacement buses operating between Castle Cary and Taunton.

Train services to/from Weymouth will be unaffected by this engineering work.