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Engineering works

Engineering works

Planned engineering work

Network Rail needs to do engineering work to maintain and improve the rail network. Much of this work is done at weekends and during holiday periods, but some work also needs to be done overnight during the week.

Buses will replace train services where lines are closed for work to take place. We may also have to alter train services over a wider area.

Please use the Engineering Work calendar and click on a date to get information about planned engineering work for that day.

For the latest information on how London Underground services are running, we recommend you visit the "Transport for London" website.


Bournemouth to Weymouth re-signalling scheme

A major part of the work to re-signal this stretch of line will take place in May. The engineers need four days of access to the line to do this stage of the work, so services will be affected Thursday 15 and Friday 16 May as well as the weekend of 17/18 May.

On Thursday 15 and Friday 16 May the lines between Poole and Dorchester South will be closed. Replacement bus services will run between Poole and Weymouth, supplemented by a shuttle train service between Dorchester South and Weymouth.

On Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 May the lines between Bournemouth and Dorchester South will be closed. Bus services will run between Bournemouth and Weymouth, supplemented by a shuttle train service between Dorchester South and Weymouth.


We are sorry for the disruption this work will cause, especially for customers travelling to stations between Poole and Weymouth. This work is an essential part of the investment programme to bring all the South West Trains area under modern and more reliable signalling control.


Overnight work near Surbiton

Overnight maintenance work until June in the Esher area may affect the following trains at short notice:

  • 0425 Guildford to London Waterloo
  • 0500 London Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour
  • 0514 Guildford to London Waterloo


On some mornings, these trains may need to be diverted via an alternative route between Guildford and Surbiton. If you plan to use these services, please check our live train information page before travelling.


Going Underground?

The London Underground network also needs to be maintained and improved. If you need to use the Underground to connect with our services, please visit the "Transport for London" website for information about London Underground services.

Travelling via London Victoria underground?

Major work on improving London Victoria station is continuing. Click here for more information from Transport for London about this work.


Help with planning your journey

Travelling late evening or early morning?

If you intend travelling after 23:00 or before 05:30 please check train times here to confirm your journey, as engineering works that affect these services may not be indicated on these summaries.

Late notice service alterations

Sometimes we have to alter our services at short notice.  Please check our "Live train information" page for details of any late alterations.

More detailed information is available from National Rail Enquiries at or on 08457 48 49 50 (24 hours. Calls are charged at local rate and may be recorded).


We are sorry that cycles, prams and items of bulky luggage cannot be carried on buses or taxis provided to replace train services during engineering work.