Windsor and Eton Riverside railway line set to close in March for modernization work

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From Saturday March 6 to Friday March 12, 2021, there will be no trains between Staines and Windsor & Eton Riverside, as maintenance work will take place on the line.

The Windsor branch on the South Western Railway network will be closed for six days to help engineers prepare the ground for the new signage. While the line is closed, the opportunity will be taken to remove trash and graffiti, as well as to maintain the track and bridges along the line.

21 new signage foundations will be installed along the five-mile stretch of line that is part of the signage replacement project, which dates back to the 1970s.

The Feltham – Wokingham Resignalling Program is a long-term signaling upgrade project which is controlled by Wokingham Signal Box and Network Rail’s Feltham Area Signaling Center.

During this work, engineers will also work on the signal wiring at the level crossings at Datchet and at Sunnymeads and Datchet stations.

The A30 Staines bypass bridge that crosses the railway line between Staines and Wraysbury will be completed on March 7. This work will see a lane closure on the road between 1 a.m. and 2 p.m. while engineers complete masonry repairs.

A rail replacement bus will be in service between Staines and Windsor & Eton Riverside when the line is closed.

All passengers are kindly requested to check before traveling as buses will be running to replace GWR services in the Windsor area as the line is closed to London Paddington.

For more information on the Feltham-Wokingham re-signage program click here

Mark Killick, Route Director for Network Rail Wessex, said: “We are making the most of this quieter time on our railroad to make improvements and do some major maintenance, and this closure of a week will allow us to complete a whole program of work. it would otherwise take many more weekend closings, stretching throughout the year.

“The works are an important part of our Feltham-Wokingham re-signaling program, which will transform the reliability of passengers traveling in South West London and to Reading and Windsor. Our existing signage is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain, so this is an important project to improve reliability and keep trains and passengers moving.

“We are grateful to our passengers and those who live near the line for their patience as we make these improvements. Although not many people travel with us now, those who travel are so important to the country and we are working hard to take care of them and create a better railway for everyone.

Alan Penlington, Director of Customer Experience for SWR, said: “This closure is part of a major signaling upgrade that will see greater reliability and ensure the resilience of rail services in the region, which is good for customers.

“While there is never a good time to close the tracks, this work happens when fewer people are traveling. I realize that any closures will disrupt our clients who need to travel, however, replacement buses will be in service and staff will be on hand to help clients complete their trip.

“I would like to thank customers for their patience and remind anyone on essential travel to check online before traveling. “

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