This coming bank holiday weekend, from Saturday 29th April to Monday 1st May, will see Network Rail engineers conduct key track improvement works at Worting Junction, a key railway junction to the west of Basingstoke.
Stuart Meek, chief operating officer for South Western Railway, said:
"We are sorry to customers for the extra time that this will add to their journeys, but the upgrades to track and signalling will modernise equipment and improve the reliability of services going forward."
These works, whilst being disruptive to passenger travel, are vital to improve the overall track reliability, seeing engineers conduct the renewal of a set of switches and crossings, laying new track, earthworks, tamping, accompanied by carrying out requisite tunnel inspections at Litchfield.
Partnering the above works will be the continuation of signalling upgrades between Feltham and Wokingham, on Sunday 30th April. Subsequently, the line between Virginia Water to Reading and Ascot to Aldershot will be closed for engineers to carry out maintenance work.
Level crossing upgrade works at Grove Park and track inspections will mean that the line between Barnes and Feltham will also be closed on Sunday 30 April.
Mark Killick, Network Rail’s Wessex route director, said:
“We have chosen to carry out this work over the bank holiday weekend as we know there are fewer customers travelling during this time and it will minimise future disruption to regular travellers on this important stretch of line.”
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