Flooding in the Botley area has caused a number of landslip sites along the railway embankment. As a result, the track is currently unsupported and we are unable to run trains between Eastleigh and Fareham on the route via Botley and Hedge End.
The main landslip site is an 80 metre section of embankment where the railway is built up above the level of the land which has collapsed following torrential rain.
The embankment is predominantly composed of clay. Both sides of the railway turned into a claggy mixture under the weight of water and slid outwards. It s what engineers call a double-rotational failure and looks much like a sandcastle that has been overloaded with water.
The ground around the railway is also very boggy and our engineers will have to build a temporary road to bring machinery to the site, and build temporary bridges across swollen streams.
The required machinery is now on site and sheet steel plates are being driven into the ground - we call them piles - to form semi-buried walls on both sides. Then the embankment can be built back up using much more suitable free-draining materials.
There are several other landslip sites on the line, however they are smaller in scale and will require sheet piling on one side only.
The current estimate for re-opening this line is 15 March. Please continue to check for updates as we will provide further details should there be any changes.
Progress pictures from the Worksite - Storm Damage / Clearing the site / Piling commences / Major Earthworks / Mind the Gap / Flat Top
Open letter from Tim Shoveller, Managing Director - South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance
Video message from Tim Shoveller, Managing Director - South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance
While the work is carried out, the following arrangements will be in place:
London Waterloo to Portsmouth via Eastleigh
These trains will be diverted and will not call at Botley or Hedge End in either direction. Journey times will be extended by up to 30 minutes.
Most London bound services will not call Woking or Clapham Junction to minimise the impact of the diversionary delay on the rest of the train service.
Southampton to Portsmouth
These trains will run on their normal route but may be delayed because of congestion caused by the diverted trains.
Buses will run between Fareham and Southampton Airport Parkway via Botley and Hedge End.
Bus Train Connections
Customers travelling from the London direction should travel on the 05 & 35 minute past the hour departures from London Waterloo changing at Southampton Airport Parkway.
Any customers who are on board Portsmouth Harbour via Basingstoke services and require Botley or Hedge End need to change at Winchester for the next service to Southampton Airport Parkway.
Customers from Eastleigh need to travel on the 00 or 21 minute past the hour services to Southampton Airport Parkway.
Bus Timetables are available below:
Monday - Friday - Portsmouth to London Waterloo including Buses
Monday - Friday - London Waterloo to Portsmouth including Buses
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