• Network Rail engineering works will affect some services in SW London and Surrey as track and other equipment set for renewal
  • Passengers should check their journey before they travel.
  • Passengers should travel safely over the forthcoming August Bank Holiday, those who are travelling by rail should wear a face covering unless they are exempt. Passengers should maintain a distance from other passengers wherever possible

Network Rail is carrying out planned engineering works this August Bank Holiday to maintain and upgrade the railway for passengers which will affect some train services in South West London and Surrey.

The forthcoming August Bank Holiday weekend – which takes place between Friday 29 to Monday 31 August – will see upgrades between Epsom and Dorking, Hounslow and Twickenham, as well as replacing the footbridge at Ashford station.  This work will affect SWR and Southern services in these areas.

Passengers should check their journey before they travel.  Due to the amended timetable currently in operation across the network, train times may not be uploaded into journey times until closer to the work. However, summaries of the amended timetable, and bus replacement services are available at: https://www.southwesternrailway.com/August

Network Rail is also reminding passengers to continue following Government advice around the safe use of public transport, including the wearing of face coverings, and maintaining social distancing where possible.

Mark Killick, Network Rail Wessex route director, said: “This bank holiday, to make sure our railway is at its very best when we emerge from this pandemic, we are continuing to work on and invest in the rail network to make it more reliable for passengers. 

“That means some journeys may be different, so please travel safely and check your journey before leaving home.”

Alan Penlington, customer experience director for South Western Railway, said: “These works are vital to maintaining and improving the railway. We are working to keep everyone moving this bank holiday, with replacement buses in operation.

“We’re asking our customers to plan ahead, and follow the latest Government guidance so we can all travel safely.”

Details of the work taking place this August Bank Holiday:

  • Upgrades to points (which help train move between tracks) at Whitton Junction; including upgrades to the station. We’re also continuing work on the new SWR train depot at Feltham which will affect services between Hounslow and Twickenham and Twickenham and Staines. The work begins on the morning of 29 August and is due to finish early morning on 1 September when train services will resume.
  • Carrying out repairs and maintenance to the track, and strengthening a bridge at Station Road, Leatherhead between the morning of 30 August and morning of 31 August. The work affects services between Epsom and Dorking and between Dorking and Effingham Junction.
  • Work to replace the footbridge at Ashford station in Surrey and resurfacing work to the platform and car parks. During the work,  the station  is likely to be open  but passengers should check on the day they travel for the latest advice.