Nine-day closure for the Hampshire railway line as work is underway to improve tracks to protect vulnerable earthworks


Network Rail will carry out the work on the Eastleigh-Fareham route from Saturday June 25 to Sunday July 4

Engineers will undertake the shoring of a vulnerable section of railway line alongside 42 other works which will provide improvements for passengers using the road.

In order to carry out the work safely, a nine-day closure has been put in place and during this period no trains will run and rail replacement buses and diversions will take their place.

Built in 1841, the sunken trench leading to the Fareham tunnel requires major work to improve it. A landslide on the line at Botley in 2014 saw services suspended for over a month.

Network Rail Routes Manager for Wessex, Mark Killick, said:

“By doing this work over a nine-day period, it means we are closing the railway for less time overall – and fewer weekends in particular. We also use this time to carry out a range of work, such as track improvement, maintenance and inspections that we would normally do when closing the road at weekends.

“We cannot forget that we are also protecting the line from landslides by tackling the earthworks near the Fareham tunnel.

“While I understand this will mean longer journeys and disruption during this time, it will also mean a safer and more reliable railway – and open for business as much as possible. I would ask customers to plan their trips that week so they are not caught off guard by the changes as we have worked hard to provide detours and buses for people to get around.

SWR’s Director of Customer Experience, Christian Neill, said:

“We understand that a nine-day closure of the railway will significantly affect customers using the line between Eastleigh and Fareham, but it is the most effective and efficient way to make essential improvements. By spending time engineering a permanent solution, as well as taking the opportunity to carry out other maintenance and improvement work, customers will benefit from greater reliability on this stretch of track. railway.

“We will do everything we can to keep people moving and rail replacement buses will be in service. Some services that would ordinarily use this line are also being diverted or revised, meaning customers may have to change trains. We therefore urge anyone planning a trip to this area to check before travelling.

“We would like to thank our customers for their patience and understanding as this vital work is completed.”

The major works will see engineers install retaining walls and make the slope of the cut less steep alongside a package of improvements and maintenance work to the alignment.

Members of the Network Rail team will also remove track faults, maintain tracks and power supplies to keep trains running on time, remove rubbish and graffiti from Cosham and Fareham stations, work on turnouts so they work better in colder temperatures, inspect and improve drainage. to enable the track to better withstand extreme weather conditions and replacement of sidings at Eastleigh Yard which is used by freight and engineering trains that operate on the region’s railways.

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