This weekend kickstarts a series of improvements during November to provide better journeys for Hampshire rail passengers.

Across three busy weekends, Network Rail engineers will work at several sites to improve stations in the Southampton area and maintain track and signalling from Micheldever to Brockenhurst, providing passengers with a more reliable railway and better journeys.

This means changes to services up until the weekend of 21/22 November, so passengers should note the following:

  • Between Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 November, engineers will be replacing the ballast (stones that support the track) and improving the track between Southampton Central and Millbrook, where the pedestrian footbridge at Cracknore Road will also undergo maintenance.
  • During Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 November, engineers will be carrying out maintenance of the track, points and signals between Eastleigh and Winchester, while just north of Micheldever station, teams will be repairing the brickwork and cleaning Popham Tunnels.
  • Finally, over the weekend of Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 November, engineers will be replacing the ballast and improving the track between Brockenhurst and Sway, while track drainage improvements will be carried out between Ashurst New Forest and Beaulieu Road.

Mark Killick, Network Rail Wessex route director said: “We know changes to train services can be disruptive, and by doing this work at weekends we’re minimising the impact on the greater numbers of essential workers and passengers who depend on the railway during the week.

“We really appreciate our passengers’ patience while we do the work which will provide a more reliable service for years to come, and ask that they plan ahead and check the latest travel advice before starting their journeys.”

Last weekend (Saturday 31 October to 1 November) saw the renewal of footbridges at Millbrook and Totton, and at St Denys, work continued on platform canopy replacements.