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South West London rail passengers are being advised to check before travelling this Summer as work around Twickenham takes place.
Engineers will be working over six weekends in August to replace three sets of points at Twickenham Junction just to the west of the station.
Twickenham Junction improvements follow on from a programme in 2020 where Network Rail took advantage of a line closure to complete structural work and litter clearance
500 yards of conductor rail, which powers trains, is set for renewal on the line to Reading and Windsor & Eton Riverside.
For the work to take place, buses will be operation to replace South Western Railway services:
However, on some days, a shuttle service will operate between London Waterloo and Richmond, while services may be cancelled or diverted.
Mark Killick, Network Rail’s Wessex route director, said: “This programme of work will boost reliability at a very important junction, where trains run through to Reading and Windsor & Eton Riverside and also access the Strawberry Hill depot.
“Six weekends of work does mean that our customers and those living near the railway will experience some disruption, for which we apologise. Having analysed travel patterns in the area during the week and at weekends, we believe this minimises the impact as much as possible while allowing us to deliver the work that, once complete, means better journeys for everyone.”
Alan Penlington, SWR’s customer experience director, said: “With such a long series of closures, I realise these works will mean disruption for our customers; however, replacement buses will be in operation wherever lines need to be closed. As customers return to the railway,
“it’s important that these works take place to improve the performance and reliability of the network for years to come. I’d like to thank customers for their patience and remind anyone who’s traveling to plan ahead to see if their journey is affected.”
This article first appeared on www.railadvent.co.uk
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