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Engineering works

Engineering works

Planned engineering work

We need 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.


Major engineering work at Reading over Easter

Friday 3 April to Monday 6 April

Network Rail will be installing new track at Reading to complete the "viaduct and dive-under" layout to the west of the station. This will allow trains from the Basingstoke and Newbury lines to reach Reading station and freight services to and from Southampton to pass through this area withouth conflicting with the main line First Great Western service.

Reading station will be closed throughout this weekend except for the South West Trains route from London Waterloo.

On Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Monday South West Trains will run an increased timetable of four trains an hour between London Waterloo and Reading. This will run from about 0830 to 2030 each day, and in order to provide the trains for this the following alterations will apply during this period.

  • Four trains an hour will run between London Waterloo and Reading
  • Trains to and from Windsor and Eton Riverside will run via Brentford and Hounslow and will call at all stations. Trains will leave London Waterloo earlier than normal.
  • There will be no service between London Waterloo and Weybridge via Hounslow and Staines. Passengers should use the altered Windsor services between London Waterloo and Staines, and the Reading services to and from Virginia Water.
  • Replacement bus services will run between Virginia Water and Weybridge, calling at Chertsey and Addlestone.
  • The "Hounslow Loop" circular service will run to the normal Saturday times.


These alterations are for Friday, Saturday and Monday.  A near normal timetable will run on Easter Sunday on this route.


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 to London Bridge?

Work for the "Thameslink" project will affect services through London Bridge until 2018. In particular, until August 2016 there will be no train service between Waterloo East and London Bridge.

Please visit our "London Bridge" page for more information about alternative routes and ticket availability.


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.