Between Good Friday and Easter Monday 2021 we’ll be carrying out improvement, maintenance and enhancement work in the Guildford area.
From Friday 2 to Monday 5 April engineers will carry out a range of work including:
- Switches and crossings renewals at Guildford station
- Installation of a new footbridge at Shere Heath near Gomshall
- Bridge maintenance in Godalming and Shalford
- Track maintenance in the Witley and Chilworth areas
- Preparatory works ahead of resignalling between Farncombe and Petersfield.
At Guildford station engineers will carry out upgrades to track and signalling, completing a long-term programme of improvements.
Engineers will renew four sets of switches and crossings, used by trains to move between tracks, to improve reliability on the main line from London Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour and the line from Guildford to Surbiton. Just over 400 yards of track will be renewed along with more than 500m of conductor rail, which provides power to trains.
Signalling will also be upgraded, with 12 signals being replaced and three track circuits – which tell signallers where trains are on the network – being renewed, using more modern equipment.
This work follows a major programme of improvements carried out in May 2020, the biggest of their kind in Guildford for nearly 40 years.
During a 10-day closure last year, engineers renewed 1,500 metres of track on the lines between Guildford and Wanborough and Worplesdon, upgraded 41 track circuits around Guildford station and renewed 1,200 metres of conductor rail between Guildford and Clandon.
Portsmouth Direct Line
Between Guildford and Haslemere, engineers will conduct ground investigations ahead of a major resignalling programme set to begin in 2022 – the Farncombe to Petersfield resignalling project.
Meanwhile, between Godalming and Haslemere, new rails will be installed and in Godalming a small bridge crossing the river Wey will undergo maintenance.
North Downs Line
New sleepers and new ballast will be installed between Chilworth and Shalford Junction, where the North Downs line from Reading to Redhill meets the Portsmouth Direct Line.
At Shere Heath, near Gomshall station, engineers will install a new footbridge to replace the nearby level crossing. This is part of a long-term project to close foot crossings on the North Downs Line, which will eventually allow more frequent GWR services.
Between Gomshall and Shalford Junction there will be minor work on a railway bridge crossing the River Wey. New timber supports for rails will be installed to improve strength and reliability.
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