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In May 2021, we completed a large programme of maintenance to improve journeys in the Salisbury area.

Installation of composite sleepers at Salisbury
Salisbury station. Photo credit: Salisbury ASC
Salisbury area: Photo credit Salisbury ASC

Across three weekends, our engineers replaced a set of switches and crossings at Wilton Junction, where the line from Salisbury diverges for services towards Exeter St Davids or Bristol Temple Meads and Cardiff Central.

The busy junction, used by both South Western Railway (SWR) and Great Western Railway (GWR), was renewed with track that is designed to last up to 60 years and will provide smoother journeys towards Tisbury and Warminster.

Between Salisbury and Warminster we also renewed track across Sherrington Viaduct, near the village of Codford.

The viaduct’s weight restriction meant that engineers had to use composite sleepers made from recycled plastic, the very first time the new technology has been used in the Southern Region and one of the first times it has been used on Britain’s railway network.

Finally, we also refurbished a set of switches and crossings at Salisbury station and conducted steelwork repairs, strengthening and painting work at Fisherton Tunnel, approaching the station.

This package of improvements will provide our passengers with a more reliable railway and smoother, better journeys for years to come.

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