Tuesday 18 Oct 2016
Hampshire rail passengers reminded about upcoming temporary changes
Passengers in Hampshire will soon benefit from a better and more reliable railway as Network Rail prepares to carry out a major track renewal project at Fareham.
The investment will see Network Rail’s engineers replace nine sets of points, the crossings which allow trains to move between lines, as well as 240 metres of track, from 22 to 31 October. In addition, Network Rail and Hampshire County Council will be using this opportunity to jointly invest £1 million in upgrading Fareham station.
This package of investment will see upgrades to a number of areas, including a resurfaced forecourt, improved station access, a new accessible toilet on the island platform, and upgrades to the existing island platform toilets.
In order to carry out the upgrade safely and efficiently, the line through Fareham will need to close for nine days from 22 October with lines re-opening for passengers on 31 October. During this time a bus replacement service will operate and passengers are advised to check before they travel.
Colum Cavanagh, director of route asset management at Network Rail said, “The work at Fareham will deliver another slice of our Railway Upgrade Plan, providing a better railway for the growing numbers of passengers in Hampshire. The points we’re renewing are very heavily used and are at the end of their design life, so by replacing them we’ll be ensuring the long-term reliability and resilience of the railway for passengers.
“Due to the scale of the work we will need to close the railway for a week, so this is a case of some short-term disruption which will result in longer-term benefits and I’d like to remind passengers to check before they travel. The new track at Fareham will last for decades, and the upgrades to the station itself will make it a more inviting place to be.
“I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we carry out these upgrades.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
Summary of changes during the upgrade:
- South West Trains will operate a bus replacement service between Eastleigh and Portsmouth, as well as between Netley and Portsmouth.
- Great Western Railway services will be replaced by buses between Southampton Central and Portsmouth.
- Southern services to and from Southampton will be diverted to run to and from Portsmouth.
- Fewer parking spaces will be available at Fareham station.
Full details of the changes, including some variations at weekends, can be found online at nationalrail.co.uk or on the appropriate operator’s website – southwesttrains.co.uk, gwr.com and southernrailway.com – and passengers are advised to check before they travel.
About Network Rail
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 38,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:
- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.