Future engineering work

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See details of routes affected by planned engineering works, including when they take effect, maps of the affected area, alternative timetables, advice for alternative travel and real-time updates.

Buses replace trains between Southampton Central and Eastleigh / Fareham from Sunday 24 December to Monday 1 January

Start date
24/12/2017  00:00
End date
Route affected
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CrossCountry between Southampton Central / Bournemouth and Manchester Piccadilly / Birmingham New Street

Great Western Railway between Portsmouth Harbour / Brighton and Cardiff Central / Bristol Temple Meads / Romsey / Westbury

South Western Railway between Poole / Southampton Central / Weymouth and London Waterloo / Portsmouth & Southsea / Eastleigh and also between Romsey and Salisbury

Southern between Southampton Central / and Brighton / Littlehampton

TOC(s) affected
CrossCountryGreat Western RailwaySouth Western RailwaySouthern

Engineering work is taking place between Southampton Central and Eastleigh / Fareham, closing all lines. Engineers and track staff will be working replace 6,000 metres of cabling and 200 metres of track near Southampton Central.

The work is part of an £8m investment to renew railway infrastructure in Southampton, giving passengers more reliable journeys and reducing track noise for our lineside neighbours. This is a busy part of the network with around 164,000 trains passing over these tracks in the last year alone.

Buses are replacing trains between Southampton Central and Eastleigh / Fareham until the end of the day on Monday 1 January.

CrossCountry services will start / terminate at Southampton Central and divert not calling at Winchester and Southampton Airport Parkway. Journey times will be extended by approximately 40 minutes. Buses are operating between Eastleigh and Southampton Central. Customers should change at Southampton Central for services to Bournemouth.

Great Western Railway services between Cardiff Central and Portsmouth Harbour will be diverted between Romsey and Fareham, via Chandlers Ford (calling additionally) not calling at Southampton Central.

Buses are operating between Southampton Central and Fareham.

Great Western Railway services that usually run between Cardiff Central and Brighton will run only between Cardiff Central and Portsmouth Harbour / Westbury. Some services between Bristol Temple Meads and Brighton will run only between Bristol Temple Meads and Westbury. You should use alternative train services to complete your journey.

Trains will run to an amended timetable with some services being re-timed or cancelled.

South Western Railway

Sunday 24 to Friday 29 December, buses will replace trains between Woolston and Southampton Central with some buses extended from / to Fareham.

Saturday 30 to Monday 1 January, buses will operate between Fareham and Southampton Central

Buses are also running between Eastleigh and Southampton Central.

Trains to and from Eastleigh / Southampton and Fareham will be re-timed and run at a reduced frequency.

South Western Railway customers for Chandlers Ford and Eastleigh are able to use Great Western Railway services which are diverting via Chandlers Ford.

As a result of this engineering work trains between Brockenhurst and Lymington Pier will be re-timed.

Southern services which usually run between Brighton and Southampton Central will be diverted to Portsmouth & Southsea. Trains will not call at Cosham, Fareham and Swanwick. Passengers should use South Western Railway services between Havant and Southampton Central.

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Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

You can read more about engineering work and why it is necessary.