Upgrading the railway in the Wessex and South Coast area

Wessex

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

Planned engineering work this spring will affect services between Weymouth and Yeovil Pen Mill/Castle Cary as well as between Taunton and Castle Cary.

The impact on train services will be as follows:

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 14 to Sunday 29 March

Trains between London Paddington and the South West will be diverted via an alternative route – extending journey times by up to 35 minutes.

Trains between Bedwyn, Newbury and Reading will run to an amended timetable.
 
A shuttle train service will run every two hours between London Paddington and Castle Cary with connecting coaches running between Castle Cary and Taunton.

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. 

Monday 30 March to Friday 3 April

Most trains between London Paddington and the South West will continue to be diverted via an alternative route – extending journey times by up to 35 minutes. Some trains will run via the normal route between Reading and Taunton. All train services between Reading and Taunton will return to normal from Saturday 4 April.

Unscheduled engineering work

Trains are unable to operate between Salisbury and Romsey because of a landslip caused by recent flooding.

Network Rail has confirmed that the damage to the railway embankment will take several weeks to repair.

As a result, Great Western Railway services for Portsmouth Harbour or Brighton must start and terminate at Salisbury instead.

Replacement road transport will operate from Salisbury to Southampton Central, with connecting trains through to Portsmouth Harbour and Brighton.

South Western Railway is running trains between Salisbury and Basingstoke for connections to/from Southampton Central, as well as trains between Romsey and Southampton Central.

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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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