Somerset

We work 24/7 to keep the rail network running, with scheduled maintenance work and planned upgrades helping to meet growing demand from passengers.

This page provides information about work taking place on the railway in Somerset.

East Somerset Junction

In order to keep the railway running smoothly and safely, we periodically need to repair and replace the track and other infrastructure.

East Somerset Junction sits between Frome and Castle Cary and directs passenger and freight services along the Weymouth and East Somerset Branch lines.

The points at this junction are due for renewal and are being upgraded during the Easter weekend, with follow up work on a series of Saturday nights during April, May and June.

Working with a crane and special road rail vehicles, the upgrade will involve cutting, lifting and removing the old points and track before laying new track stones (ballast) and installing, welding and stressing the new sections of track.

Once that’s completed we will use machines to pack and compact the track stones (tamping) to improve stability as well as comfort for passengers. This also reduces wear on the rails.

To complete this vital upgrade we will be working on the following dates:

April

22:00 Saturday 13 April - 06:00 Sunday 14 April

19:00 Saturday 20 April - 07:25 Monday 22 April

22:00 - 06:00 Monday 22 April to Thursday 25 April

22:00 Saturday 27 April - 06:00 Sunday 28 April

May

22:00 Saturday 4 May - 06:00 Sunday 5 May

22:00 Saturday 11 May - 06:00 Sunday 12 May

22:00 - 06.00 Monday 13 May to Thursday 16 May (TBC)

22:00 Saturday 18 May - 06:00 Sunday 19 May

22:00 Saturday 25 May - 06:00 Sunday 26 May

June

22:00 Saturday 1 June to 06:00 Sunday 2 June

Download East Somerset Junction factsheet April 2019 (PDF)

Download East Somerset Junction drop in flyer April 2019 (PDF)

Travel arrangements

This upgrade will only affect passenger services on Easter Day, Sunday 21 April, when the lines will be closed between Westbury and Taunton via Castle Cary, and between Frome and Yeovil Pen Mill.

Buses will replace trains between Frome and Yeovil Pen Mill (calling at Bruton and Castle Cary) and between Westbury and Taunton via Castle Cary.

Some services from Newbury, Pewsey and Westbury will not run.

Trains between London Paddington and the West of England will run to an amended timetable and will be diverted via alternative routes.

For more information, visit National Rail Enquiries' website.