Autumn blockade for West Coastway route

SOUTHERN services on the West Coastway route will be disrupted between Havant and Chichester from October 26 to November 3.

The nine-day closure will be followed by three further weekend blockades, allowing Network Rail to relay 2.3km of track and replace life-expired equipment at at Basin Road, Stockbridge Road, Brook Lane and Bosham level crossings. 

Relaying of the Down line through Havant took place on May 4-5. Five engineering trains were powered by GBRf and DB Cargo Class 66s, including No. 66769 hauling a lengthy rake of ‘Falcon’ bogie opens taking away spoil, sleepers and scrap rail. The train is seen arriving from Eastleigh East Yard on May 4. Track and platform work was completed on May 6 before the line reopened. Network Rail plans further blockades of the West Coastway line this autumn. STEVE STUBBS

Buses will replace trains between Havant and Chichester from October 28 and November 1, while on the weekends of October 26-27 and November 2-3, plus November 10, 17, 30 and December 1, the line will be closed between Barnham and Havant, with bus replacements on that section.

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