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 railway at weekends to help provide better and faster journeys.

The impact on train services will be as follows:

Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October

Trains between London Paddington and the South West will call at Frome instead of Westbury.

A shuttle train service will run between Warminster and Portsmouth Harbour as well as between Frome and Weymouth.

Buses replace trains between:

  • Westbury and Frome
  • Chippenham and Westbury
  • Trowbridge, Westbury and Dilton Marsh/Warminster

Saturdays 10/17 and Sundays 11/18 October

Buses replace trains between:

  • Chippenham and Westbury
  • Warminster and Southampton Central

Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 October

Buses replace trains between:

  • Dorchester West and Weymouth

Saturday 31 October to Sunday 1 November

Trains will call at Eastleigh instead of Southampton Central with replacement buses in between.

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 will call at Eastleigh instead of Southampton Central with replacement buses in between.

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

Looking ahead

Further weekend engineering work is planned in the Portsmouth area during January and also in the Southampton area from the end of January into February.

More details will be shared in due course about any disruption to train services. Check your journey.

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.

Check your journey