Disruption at New Forest stations amid five days of rail work
RAIL travel in the New Forest will be disrupted this week with five days of line closures starting today (Monday).
Engineers will be making improvements to track, signalling and drainage between Totton and Bournemouth until Friday.
Today (Monday) buses will replace South Western Railway (SWR) services between Southampton Central and Bournemouth and between Brockenhurst and Lymington Pier. Buses will not call at Beaulieu Road, however.
Cross-country services between Bournemouth and Manchester Piccadilly will terminate at Southampton Central, with buses replacing trains from both Southampton Airport Parkway and Southampton Central to Bournemouth.
From tomorrow until Friday, SWR services between London Waterloo and Weymouth will terminate at Brockenhurst, with buses providing onward travel to Bournemouth.
Services between London Waterloo and Poole will terminate at Southampton Central with buses providing onward travel to Brockenhurst and Bournemouth.
And cross-country services between Bournemouth and Manchester Piccadilly will terminate at Southampton Central, with buses replacing trains from both Southampton Airport Parkway and Southampton Central to Bournemouth.
Network Rail will be carrying out the necessary work, which includes:
- Track level improvements at Brockenhurst, Sway and Hinton Admiral
- Drainage improvements in Sway
- Bridge maintenance in Christchurch
- Track and signalling maintenance in Totton, Beaulieu Road, Brockenhurst and Christchurch
- Enhancements to passenger information systems and repainting work at Sway station
- New rails between Hinton Admiral and Christchurch and new ballast and sleepers at Sway.
A spokesperson from Network Rail said the five-day closure was "a more efficient way" of carrying out the work, which would otherwise mean three to four consecutive weekends of closures.
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