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Network Rail will be carrying out essential maintenance of the railway this autumn to help support the introduction of new train services from December.
To ensure greater reliability, track is being replaced between Warminster and Southampton Central, between Frome and Castle Cary as well as between Havant and Chichester.
In addition, a bridge strengthening project is taking place at Salisbury and tunnel work will also be happening near Dorchester on the Weymouth line.
Most of this planned engineering work will take place at weekends, except for the Chichester track renewals affecting Great Western Railway trains to/from Brighton.
Work will be taking place to replace tracks at Romsey as well as bridge maintenance at Salisbury.
As a result, buses replace trains between Salisbury and Southampton Central on both dates.
Track renewal will be taking place between Warminster and Romsey.
As a result, buses replace trains between Warminster and Southampton Central.
Tunnel repairs will be carried out in the Dorchester area.
As a result, buses replace trains between Yeovil Pen Mill and Weymouth on both dates.
Track renewal will be taking place between Frome and Castle Cary as well as bridge maintenance at Salisbury.
As a result, the following changes to services will affect both dates:
Track renewal work will be taking place in the Chichester area.
The following amendments to the timetable will be in place:
South Western Railway tickets will be valid on Great Western Railway services between Portsmouth Harbour and Southampton Central.
Track renewal will be taking place between Salisbury and Romsey.
As a result, buses replace trains between Salisbury and Southampton Central.
Further track renewal work will be taking place in the Chichester area on Sundays 10 and 17 November, Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December.
The impact on train services will mirror that for weekends during the nine-day blockade in October and November (see above).
From Sunday 15 December 2019 the times of trains will be changing, we’ll be running more services on key routes and many journey times will be faster.
To find out more please visit our New Timetable page.
Work will also be taking place affecting train services in the Bristol area on some of the above dates – for more details, please check our Bristol page.