Trains to run on Salisbury to Romsey line from this weekend

Trains to run on Salisbury to Romsey line from this weekend

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 2:44pm 25th March 2020.

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Network Rail engineers have been working for five weeks to fix a landslip near the Laverstock South junction.

The line has been closed to train services since February 18th, with the landslip caused by flooding and excessive rainfall.

Ever since, engineers have been trying to shore up the embankment there.

Network Rail Salisbury Landslip works March 2020
Network Rail have been on site 24/7 since the landslip happened over a month ago

The repair works had been made more difficult because the field next to the line was flooded.

Network Rail needed to build a temporary road to give them access to the site to carry out their work.

Passengers have had to use replacement bus services to Romsey throughout the closure.

Landslip Salisbury to Dean February 2020
The circled area is where the landslip happened

They've now completed the emergency work three days ahead of schedule, ready for train services to start running again from this Saturday (28th March).

Once the line re-opens, there will still be some residual works to be carried out by engineers to secure the land for the future.

Mark Killick, route director for Network Rail's Wessex route, said: 

"I'd like to thank passengers and local residents for their patience while we've been working hard to get this vital link reopened. Many people's journeys over the last few weeks will have been longer than expected and for that I can only apologise. Our priority was to make the railway safe and get the line open for passengers and freight as soon as possible.

"I'm pleased to say that we are on target to reopen three days ahead of schedule which will support key workers needing to travel and keep critical freight deliveries on schedule."

WHEN WILL TRAINS RUN? 

We're advised to check timetables for exact details, given that train operators are running reduced services due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Great Western Railway services will start using the line again from Saturday 28th March.

South Western Railway will reinstate services from Monday 30th March.

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