Tuesday 27 Sep 2016
Passengers in Hampshire to benefit from better, more reliable railway
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 £4.6m 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 the 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.”
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
We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.
Every day, there are more than 4.7 million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.
We are building a better railway for a better Britain.