This Easter we’re improving the railway around Guildford to provide better journeys for millions of passengers.

These improvements mean all lines in the Guildford area will be affected by improvement work between Friday 10 and Sunday 19 April 2020.

There will be no trains between Friday 10 and Monday 13 April. This will affect South Western Railway (SWR), Great Western Railway (GWR), CrossCountry and Southern services.

What the work will involve

Between Friday 10 April and Sunday 19 April we’ll be:

  • Replacing 14 point ends around Guildford station
  • Upgrading 41 track circuits
  • Replacing almost a mile of track
  • Replacing more than a mile of conductor rail.

These improvements will provide a more reliable railway for trains between London and Guildford, Woking and Portsmouth, Reading and Redhill, and Guildford and Alton. 

Line closures

Between Friday 10 April and Monday 13  April 2020 there will be no trains through Guildford station

Platform one will open from Tuesday 14 April for a limited number of SWR services to London Waterloo via Cobham & Stoke D’ Abernon.

The following lines will be closed between Friday 10 April and Sunday 19 April:

  • Worplesdon to Haslemere
  • Guildford to Ash
  • Guildford to Shalford

Travel information

Friday 10 April to Sunday 19 April 2020 inclusive

Buses will replace SWR services between Woking/Guildford and Haslemere, plus Guildford and Aldershot for all 10 days of engineering work. A limited number of services from Guildford to London Waterloo via Cobham & Stoke D’ Abernon will resume from Tuesday 14 April.

GWR services between Reading and Gatwick Airport will terminate at Ash. Replacement bus services will run between North Camp and Gatwick Airport.

CrossCountry services between Newcastle and Guildford will terminate at Reading, whilst Southern services to Guildford will start and terminate at Epsom.

Preparatory works

Before the line closures between Friday 10 and Friday 19 April 2020 there will also be three weekends of preparatory works in the Guildford area.

On the following dates, Guildford station will be closed apart from a limited number of services from Guildford to London Waterloo via Cobham & Stoke D ’Abernon:

  • Sunday 15 March
  • Sunday 22 March
  • Sunday 29 March

Follow-up works

After the 10-day closure we will also carry out follow up works. These will take place on the following dates and will affect train services in the Guildford area:

  • Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 April
  • Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 May

Guildford improvement project survey

We are asking passengers to take a few minutes to complete this short survey on the track upgrade project and line closure affecting all trains via Guildford.

Your participation in this survey will help inform us on how we communicate with you about this project, so we can best keep you advised on the work taking place and any further projects. All responses provided will be used only for the Guildford project in accordance with our privacy notice. Thank you for completing our survey.

Planning your journey

For full details of how all these works will affect your journey, please check with SWR, GWR, CrossCountry and GTR websites. Please also check before you travel using National Rail Enquiries.


Contact us

For more information or to get in touch with us, please contact us by visiting our contact us page or by calling our 24-hour national helpline on 03457 11 41 41.