Work begins today to improvements to Portsmouth’s railway and the landmark Landport Viaduct in a week-long project.
The Victorian viaduct at viaduct at Portsmouth & Southsea station will be the main focus of the work which is due to last until 24th January.
Network Rail engineers will also be replacing track between Fratton and Portsmouth & Southsea.
Mark Killick, Network Rail Wessex route director, said: “We know any planned changes to train services can be disruptive, but the vital work will provide a more reliable railway in Portsmouth. By closing the railway for seven days, we will save many more weekends of potential disruption.
“We’re proud to be the custodians of some very old Victorian structures, and one of the challenges we face is running a frequent and busy train service over the top of them, while keeping them in top condition.
“We appreciate our passengers’ patience while we do the work, and ask that if anyone has to travel between 18 and 24 January to plan ahead and check the latest travel advice before beginning their journeys.”
Network Rail says that critical workers who have to travel on South Western Railway, Great Western Railway and Southern services to and from Portsmouth stations should plan ahead during the works as trains will start and finish their journeys earlier.
Some services will also call at additional stations or be diverted, while others will be replaced by buses.
Alan Penlington, South Western Railway’s customer experience director, added: “Following on from the work at the start of the year, the bridge maintenance projects taking place in Portsmouth are vital for improving performance and reliability along this important stretch of railway.
“I realise these works will mean disruption for our customers who need to travel; however, replacement buses will be in operation and this week long closure will allow engineers the necessary time to strengthen Landport Viaduct for years to come. I’d like to thank customers for their patience.”