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Buses replace trains via Southampton Central from Sunday 24 to Friday 29 December 

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Engineering work details

Starts 24 Dec 2023 to 29 Dec 2023

Route(s) affected

CrossCountry between Manchester Piccadilly / Birmingham New Street and Bournemouth

Great Western Railway between Cardiff Central / Bristol Parkway / Bristol Temple Meads / and Portsmouth & Southsea / Portsmouth Harbour; and also between

South Western Railway between London Waterloo / Eastleigh and Portsmouth Harbour / Poole / Weymouth; and also between Salisbury and Romsey

Southern between London Victoria / Gatwick Airport / Brighton / Horsham / Littlehampton / Barnham and Southampton Central


Engineering work is taking in the Southampton area, closing all lines. ​​​​​​​

All train companies:

Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 December:

No service will operate on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.


Sunday 24 and Wednesday 27 to Friday 29 December:

Buses will replace trains between Southampton Airport Parkway and Bournemouth.

Great Western Railway:

Sunday 24 and Wednesday 27 to Friday 29 December:

Trains will be diverted between St Denys and Fareham, not calling at Southampton Central. They will call additionally at Chandler's Ford and Eastleigh.

Rail replacement buses will run between Eastleigh and Southampton Central.

South Western Railway:

Sunday 24 and Wednesday 27 to Friday 29 December:

All services will run to an amended timetable, some may be diverted, terminate short or make additional stops.

The following services will not run:

  • Southampton Central to Portsmouth & Southsea

  • Winchester and Southampton Central (Wednesday to Friday only)

Additional services will run between:

  • Brockenhurst and Weymouth

Buses will replace trains between:

  • Southampton Airport Parkway and Bournemouth

  • Southampton Airport Parkway and Brockenhurst

  • Eastleigh and Brockenhurst

  • Southampton Central and Fareham

  • Eastleigh and Fareham


Sunday 24 and Wednesday 27 to Friday 29 December

Buses will replace trains between Havant and Southampton Central, calling at Cosham, Portchester, Fareham and Swanwick.

Trains that usually run between Brighton and Southampton Central will be diverted after Havant to run to / from Portsmouth & Southsea (Sunday) / Fratton (Wednesday to Friday).

Tickets will also be accepted Southwestern Railway trains between Portsmouth Harbour and Southampton Central.

Check before you travel: 

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Replacement Bus Travel Advice: 

For helpful advice if you need to travel on a rail replacement service, including accessibility and bicycle information, please use this page

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

Please be advised that, on occasion, replacement vehicles may be busier than usual, and you should allow extra time for your journey.