Brace yourselves for five weekends of rail disruption as £20m maintenance project gets underway

DELAYS EXPECTED: Passengers at Poole Railway Station

DELAYS EXPECTED: Passengers at Poole Railway Station

First published in News by

RAIL users face disruption for five weekends, including the four day Easter break, as South West Trains undertake a £20m maintenance project across the Bournemouth area.

The extensive work, which began last night, will close the line between Southampton and Bournemouth every weekend until early May, adding up to an hour to journey times.

Jim Morgan, infrastructure director for the Network Rail/South West Trains Alliance, apologised for the “inevitable disruption”.

Mr Morgan urged passengers to check service changes.

“Please make sure that you check before you travel and alert friends, family and visitors who might want to use train services over these weekends that they will need to check for specific changes and leave extra time for their journeys,” he said.

South West Trains says the work is vital and will see over 30 sets of points replaced in the Bournemouth area.

Paul Clarke, chairman of the Bournemouth Accommodation and Hoteliers Association, said although the work was inconvenient, it would be beneficial to the town in the long run.

“There is never a good time for rail works to be carried out and this will undoubtedly affect not only accommodation providers’ potential guests but that of all visitors to the town.

“Now we have this information we will actively ensure, through our members, that all guests are informed in advance,” he said.

“It is important as a town that we all communicate a positive message rather than complain about substantial infrastructure works which long- term will reduce overall delays in the future.”

Lines will also be disrupted between Bournemouth and Weymouth at the beginning of April as engineers need four days of access to the line to complete work.

On Thursday, April 3 and Friday, April 4, lines between Poole and Dorchester South will be closed and replaced by a bus service.

These closures will then be extended from Bournemouth to Dorchester South on the Saturday and Sunday.

DISRUPTION 'A NUISANCE' SAY PASSENGERS

Roy Glover, 66, from Bournemouth, calling the maintenance work a ‘nuisance’, said: “Coming into the summer people are coming down to visit, especially with the warm weather.
“The trains are busy and it will be a nuisance.”

Mike Juszczak, 32, who manages an office in Brockenhurst aand who is not personally affected, said: “I have had to change the rota and adjust shift times to suit members of staff. It is difficult but my staff are lucky as I’m really flexible.”

Megan Bill and Faysal Shaikh, both 19 and students in Bournemouth, said the maintenance would disrupt their Easter holiday travels home. Megan said: “It will mess up my journey back to Bournemouth after the Easter. It will just take longer I guess.”

Comments (6)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

12:37pm Sat 15 Mar 14

sea poole says...

And does anyone think SWT will lower fares during the periods of intense periods of disruption as a goodwill gesture to suffering passengers?
And does anyone think SWT will lower fares during the periods of intense periods of disruption as a goodwill gesture to suffering passengers? sea poole
  • Score: -5

12:51pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Hentis says...

So the fact that every weekend since January till this weekend SWT have been advertising £10.00 any wherr on the swt network is beside the point I suppose. Any way id rather see the work carried out than something bad happen due to points that should have been replaced break as a train goes over them (akin to Potters Bar a few years ago). It takes two years to plan these jobs if you think you can do it better then off you go.
So the fact that every weekend since January till this weekend SWT have been advertising £10.00 any wherr on the swt network is beside the point I suppose. Any way id rather see the work carried out than something bad happen due to points that should have been replaced break as a train goes over them (akin to Potters Bar a few years ago). It takes two years to plan these jobs if you think you can do it better then off you go. Hentis
  • Score: 7

1:46pm Sat 15 Mar 14

MGM Entertainments says...

5 weekends of disruption to repair work that was originally scheduled to be done 2 years ago but was cancelled due to the current governments cut back in funding, the work is now being carried and is essential how many times this last 7 days alone have trains been delayed due to problems with this section of track. and as Hentis says have the last 8 weekends of £10 fares not been a reduction.
5 weekends of disruption to repair work that was originally scheduled to be done 2 years ago but was cancelled due to the current governments cut back in funding, the work is now being carried and is essential how many times this last 7 days alone have trains been delayed due to problems with this section of track. and as Hentis says have the last 8 weekends of £10 fares not been a reduction. MGM Entertainments
  • Score: 3

4:36pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Townee says...

Paul Clarke says it will be beneficial for the town HOW !!! THEY ARE REPLACING POINTS WITH POINTS, how will that make things better in Bournemouth. Just goes to show give someone a job title and they think they know it all.
Paul Clarke says it will be beneficial for the town HOW !!! THEY ARE REPLACING POINTS WITH POINTS, how will that make things better in Bournemouth. Just goes to show give someone a job title and they think they know it all. Townee
  • Score: 0

4:39pm Sat 15 Mar 14

whataboutthat says...

That tenner weekend trip trick doesn't wash with me...
That tenner weekend trip trick doesn't wash with me... whataboutthat
  • Score: -1

9:30pm Sat 15 Mar 14

afcdibby says...

Where does this hour come from? Line was closed last week-end when I went to Blackpool. UTCIAD. Got on a coach at Bournemouth to Southampton Parkway, it took 40 minutes.Then got on the train there. I'm sure it takes at least 40 minutes by rail.
Where does this hour come from? Line was closed last week-end when I went to Blackpool. UTCIAD. Got on a coach at Bournemouth to Southampton Parkway, it took 40 minutes.Then got on the train there. I'm sure it takes at least 40 minutes by rail. afcdibby
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree