Network Rail to carry out track improvement works in Surrey
Network Rail engineers are expected to complete three days of improvement work on the railway line near Weybridge in early August, allowing temporary speed restrictions on the line to be removed.
Engineers will work around the clock to renew three sets of points, which allow trains to change tracks.
Work has been scheduled around the long weekend to minimize disruption to passengers, with all lines scheduled to reopen after the three-day weekend.
Once switches and crossings are renewed and the track alignment corrected, trains will be able to cross the section of track at normal speeds, improving the reliability and speed of passenger journeys.
Currently, due to issues with track levels, all four lines crossing the region have been subject to temporary speed restrictions, affecting local services between London Waterloo and Woking, and long distance services between London Waterloo, Exeter , Portsmouth and Weymouth.
Trains to and from London Waterloo will be diverted during the works, while local services will be replaced by bus services.
Mark Killick, Network Rail’s Wessex Route Director, said: “We really appreciate the patience of our customers as we do this upgrade work to provide faster and more reliable service.
“Carrying out this work over three days will reduce the number of trains, but it will be less disruptive than spreading it over separate weekends and I encourage all customers to check before traveling and plan ahead.”
Alan Penlington, Director of Customer Experience for SWR, added: “Improvements to this important section of track near Weybridge will improve reliability and punctuality for years to come. Removing these speed restrictions will allow trains to run at line speed again, which is great news for our customers.
“With the line closed for 3 days, one of which being a working Monday, I know there will be inconveniences for anyone traveling when the trains are not running and I would like to thank all of our customers for their patience. while these much-needed improvements are taking place.