We will be finishing essential works on the Heart of Wessex line during February and March to improve journeys between Castle Cary and Weymouth.

For information about work between Taunton and Castle Cary from March 14 to 29 please visit our Somerset page.

We’ve been making improvements on the Heart of Wessex line that links Weymouth and Bristol to provide better performing train journeys.

Between February 15 and 21 we successfully renewed a 129-year-old bridge at Yetminster, following on from track maintenance and refurbishments as well as tunnel strengthening works.

Installing the new deck for Yetminster river bridge

To complete our package of improvements we will carry out follow up works at Yetminster river bridge, then renew track in the Chetnole, Dorchester and Weymouth areas.

What the work will involve

  • Completing the renewal of Yetminster river bridge
  • Renewing track in the Chetnole area
  • Renewing track between Dorchester West and Weymouth

Line closures

To complete our improvements there will be two weekends of line closures:

  • Saturday 29 February – Sunday 1 March – the line between Yeovil Pen Mill and Dorchester West will be closed to complete the renewal of Yetminster river bridge
  • Saturday 28 March Sunday 29 March – the line between Yeovil Pen Mill and Weymouth will be closed for track renewals at Chetnole. The line between Wareham and Weymouth will also be closed for track renewals between Dorchester West and Weymouth

Travel information:

  • Saturday 29 February:
    • The morning South Western Railway (SWR) service between Yeovil Junction and Weymouth will not run
  • Sunday 1 March:
    • GWR services between Weymouth and Yeovil Pen Mill will be replaced by buses
    • SWR services to Yeovil Pen Mill will run with alterations due to work in the London area
  • Saturday 28 March:
    • The morning South Western Railway (SWR) service between Yeovil Junction and Weymouth will not run
    • SWR services between Wareham and Weymouth will be replaced by buses
  • Sunday 29 March:
    • SWR services between Wareham and Weymouth will be replaced by buses

For more information, please visit the SWR, GWR and National Rail Enquiries websites.

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