Thursday 25 May 2017
Surrey and Hampshire train passengers urged to check before they travel over spring bank holiday
Network Rail is urging passengers to ‘Check Before You Travel’ over the spring bank holiday weekend, when engineers will be carrying out work in Surrey and Hampshire.
The work involves track renewals at Portcreek Viaduct in Hampshire, and maintenance work between Surbiton and Effingham Junction. As a result, the following changes will be in place:
- All lines in the Portsmouth area will be closed throughout the weekend.
- The lines between Havant and Cosham will be closed on Saturday.
- The lines between Surbiton and Effingham Junction will be closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Becky Lumlock, route managing director at Network Rail, said: “This weekend we will have engineers out in Surrey and Hampshire, and this will lead to some service changes. I advise passengers to check their journeys in advance, and thank them for their patience while we carry out our essential engineering work.”
Adam Piddington, customer service director for South West Trains, said: “These renewal and maintenance works are crucial to support the rail infrastructure that our trains travel on, however this will mean significant changes to journeys over the spring bank holiday weekend.
“We would advise all our passengers to plan their journeys ahead of the weekend and to check before they travel.”
Buses will be in operation and passengers are advised to check their journeys in advance.
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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.
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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.