Yeovil Weymouth service to be suspended

Network Rail (NR) will be doing track improvement works over the coming days. This will effect the service from Bristol Temple Meads through to Weymouth via Yeovil.

NR renewing the track between Maiden Newton and Chetnole stations. In addition they will be carrying out essential maintenance at Yeovil Pen Mill, Yetminster and Dorchester West.

As a result some services will be suspended from Saturday 24 to Friday 30 September.

GWR trains between Bristol Temple Meads and Weymouth will terminate at Yeovil Pen Mill instead. Replacement buses are planned to operate to stations between Yeovil Pen Mill, Dorchester West and Weymouth.

South Western Railway (SWR) trains to Yeovil Junction via Yeovil Pen Mill will terminate at Castle Cary or Westbury.

Mark Killick, NR’s Wessex route director explains: “The old-style track isn’t good at coping with high temperatures as it expands so much in the heat and it means we have to put severe speed restrictions in place, delaying passengers. The new track is part of an upgrade that will allow us to continue serving passengers on this line during hot weather conditions. Further work is due for completion in February and March next year, ready for the summer.”

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