Thursday 2 May 2019
South Western Railway passengers urged to check before travelling ahead of early May bank holiday weekend
Passengers are being advised to plan their journeys in advance over this bank holiday weekend as Network Rail prepares to undertake vital work to improve reliability of rail infrastructure.
Track maintenance and work to refurbish switches and crossings- the movable sections of track which allow trains to that guide trains from one track to another- will take place on Sunday 5 May and Monday 6 May between London Waterloo, Clapham Junction and Barnes, meaning a reduced train service will run with some lines between London Waterloo and Clapham Junction closed.
Trains may leave London Waterloo from different platforms to normal, so passengers are advised to check departure boards.
Engineering work will also take place in the Havant area over the weekend, meaning buses will replace trains between Petersfield and Portsmouth from Saturday 4th to Monday 6th (inclusive).
David Dickson, chief operating officer for Network Rail’s Wessex route, said:
“I’d like to thank passengers for bearing with us as we carry out important work which will improve the reliability of our infrastructure over the bank holiday weekend.
“The railway is up to 50% quieter than usual over bank holidays, so we undertake work at this time of year to minimise the impact on our passengers.
“If you’re travelling by rail over the bank holiday weekend, please make sure to visit South Western Railway’s website to plan your journey in advance.”
Alan Penlington, customer experience director for South Western Railway, said:
“Whilst engineering and maintenance works can be an inconvenience, it is vital that they are carried regularly for the safe running of the railway.
“We’ll be doing all we can to minimise the impact of these works and make sure we get our customers moving and to where they want to be. We would advise customers to check before they travel at southwesternrailway.com and follow @SW_Help for travel updates.”
For more information, please visit: https://www.southwesternrailway.com/plan-my-journey/planned-improvements/may-2019-works
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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 4.8 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.