For 7 weeks from 29th October to 19th December and for 3 weeks from 6th January to 30th January many weekday evening trains will be replaced by buses as work on the track takes place on the West of England line.
South West Trains say:
“The track between Salisbury and Basingstoke has been in place for many years and is now coming to the end of its useful life.”
“we have taken the decision to renew a large section of track. There are no easy ways to do this as the works require the closure of the line.”
Many will remember when the track was relaid through Whitchurch just five years ago, and the disruption that caused to passengers.
The present planned work will be taking place will be on Monday to Thursday each week, which will specially hit anyone returning late evening from London.
The last London Waterloo to Whitchurch train is 20:20 (21:07 from Basingstoke).
Later journeys will replaced by a bus from Basingstoke.
The last Whitchurch to London Waterloo train will be at 19:53 before buses take over to Basingstoke.
Full details can be found at:
SOUTH WEST TRAINS.
Meanwhile – Station Footbridge
In a parallel story, the very rusty footbridge at the station is at last being repaired.
Work started on Monday this week on the step sections and some of the panelling has been removed. Repair work on the section over the tracks will be carried out overnight.