In April we made the biggest improvements to the railway in the Guildford area for nearly 40 years.

Over the Easter period teams worked around the clock for 10 days between Friday 10 and Monday 20 April and:

  • Renewed 1500 metres of track on the lines between Guildford and Wanborough plus Guildford and Worplesdon
  • Installed 1200 metres of conductor rail between Guildford and Clandon
  • Upgraded 41 track circuits around Guildford station
  • Regraded the embankment and strengthened the rockface around St. Catherine’s Tunnel, the scene of two landslips in 2019
  • Renewed rails and the supporting wheeltimbers on the bridge crossing the River Wey between Farncombe and Godalming
  • Carried out tamping in the Witley area
  • Painted the overbridge at Guildford station and installed anti-slip tiles

The large scale track, power and signalling upgrades will improve the railway’s reliability for years to come, providing better journeys for the millions of passengers who use, or pass through, Guildford station every year to stations such as Gatwick Airport, London Waterloo, Portsmouth Harbour and Reading.

The embankment and rockface regrading work at St. Catherine’s tunnel, between Guildford and Shalford, also allowed engineers to remove a speed restriction, imposed following two landslips during extreme weather in late 2019.

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