South West Trains to help reduce road congestion during A30 emergency closure

  • Additional trains will be provided while A30 is closed at Sherborne
  • Additional 727 seats per weekday between Gillingham and Yeovil
  • South West Trains has worked quickly with local partners to provide more travel options

South West Trains will run additional services to help businesses, residents and visitors in Dorset and Somerset to beat the roadworks on the A30 which are due to start next week.

The A30 will be closed for nearly a month at Sherborne to allow important roadworks to take place. Starting Tuesday 31 May, South West Trains will run four additional trains every weekday to provide extra options for those who need to travel in this area.

The additional services are part of ongoing investment by South West Trains in this part of the network, including:

  • Free onboard WiFi on all services between Salisbury and Exeter
  • Summer Special services providing new direct links from Sherborne and Gillingham to Dorchester and Weymouth
  • Introduction of the Blackmore Vale Line Community Rail Partnership, bringing together the station adoption groups at Templecombe, Crewkerne and Gillingham in partnership with South West Trains
  • Extra seats, new services and more frequent connections to London with introduction of new timetable in December

Chris Loder, Head of Service Strategy at South West Trains, said: “We’re providing four additional trains each weekday to help businesses and communities while the A30 is closed at Sherborne. Our stations are in close proximity to the A30 and with these additional services, we hope to offer an alternative to those who are affected by the road closure.

“This is in addition to the regular services we already offer and builds on the significant investment provided recently for passengers in Dorset and Somerset; including free WiFi on trains, summer special services to Dorchester and Weymouth and a new Community Rail Partnership.

"We hope the extra services will help to provide more travel options for passengers during the roadworks and show how easy and convenient travelling with South West Trains is."

Passengers are advised to check online for details of the additional services before travelling.

List of additional services and calling patterns:

  • 06:15 Yeovil Junction to Exeter St Davids will start from Gillingham at 05:51, calling at Templecombe and Sherborne
  • 15:50 Waterloo to Yeovil Junction extended to Yeovil Pen Mill
  • 18:30 Yeovil Pen Mill to Gillingham, calling at Yeovil Junction, Sherborne and Templecombe
  • 19:30 Yeovil Pen Mill to Gillingham, calling at Yeovil Junction, Sherborne and Templecombe
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