Track dating back to 1958 but still in daily main line use has been replaced in a 16-day possession required to relay a long section of the Heart of Wessex Bristol-Weymouth Line.
Network Rail’s New Track Construction Train was given another outing to install a mile of line between Chetnole and Yetminster, while another four miles was relaid south to Maiden Newton. No services ran over the route from November 18-December 4.
The Weymouth-Bournemouth line was also shut from November 22-26 for reballasting and drainage work through Upwey. More than other 30 minor works were completed at the same time.
Weymouth station is currently undergoing a revamp, with alterations to the forecourt which should be complete by May, as well as the installation of tactile paving on the platforms, cleaning and repainting.