Upgrading the railway in the Wessex and South Coast area


Network Rail will be carrying out essential maintenance of the railway this autumn and winter to help support the introduction of new train services from December.

Sundays 10 and 17 November, Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December

Track renewal work will be taking place in the Chichester area.

The following amendments to the timetable will be in place:

  • Great Western Railway trains between Brighton and Bristol Temple Meads will start/terminate at Portsmouth Harbour instead, calling additionally at Swanwick
  • South Western Railway trains will run between Portsmouth Harbour and Havant and between Southampton Central and Portsmouth & Southsea (via Fareham)
  • Southern trains will run between Brighton and Barnham
  • replacement buses will run between Havant and Barnham
  • buses will also operate between Havant and Fareham

South Western Railway tickets will be valid on Great Western Railway services between Portsmouth Harbour and Southampton Central.

Looking ahead

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.

At Christmas, bridge strengthening work is being carried out along with essential maintenance in the Salisbury area.

Buses will replace GWR trains between Southampton Central and Warminster on Friday 27 December as well as SWR trains between Andover and Gillingham.

To find out more about other work happening over the festive period visit our Christmas page.

Further upgrade work is due to take place during January, February and March 2020 between Weymouth and Yeovil Pen Mill/Castle Cary.

Most of the work will affect trains at weekends except for a seven-day period from Saturday 15 to Sunday 23 February.

More details on how train services will be affected by these upgrades will be shared on this page in due course.