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Check before you travel by rail around Southampton

Passengers using and going through Southampton Central train station this Easter bank holiday are being warned to check before they travel as work and improvements continue.

The station is currently going through extensive work to improve reliability of trains.

The £20 million improvements could affect services from South West Trains, Cross Country, Southern and First Great Western.

Replacement buses are in operation but passengers are reminded to add an extra 60 minutes onto their journey times.

Jim Morgan, infrastructure director for the Network Rail/South West Trains Alliance said:

We recognise that this is not ideal and we are sorry for the inevitable disruption that will be caused to passengers. We have sought to keep disruption to a minimum whilst we undertake this essential work.

There will be replacement bus services through Southampton over those weekends, and we will have customer service staff available at stations to help everyone get where they are going.

– Jim Morgan, Network Rail/South West Trains Alliance

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Rail firms to invest £1.2 billion on South's trains

Network Rail and South West Trains are promising more trains, improved stations and more seats for rail passengers travelling through Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire. The alliance between the two firms will invest £1.2 billion in a five-year scheme that starts tomorrow.

The money will be spent on the rail network connecting Waterloo to Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire and beyond between now and 2019. The investment is part of a wider programme to deliver an extra 115,000 seats a day into the capital by 2019 - an increase in capacity of 20 per cent.

"The growth we are managing now is phenomenal - more than 95m passengers at Waterloo with us every year -there is a clear need to improve the railway in the area.

"Improving Waterloo is a key part of our strategic plan and it will benefit passengers across our network, not just in London. In the next five years we are delivering longer trains between Reading, Ascot and Waterloo, 10-car trains throughout our suburban network.To do this, we need to upgrade the power supply and extend a number of platforms to cope with the extra demand. We also will run additional capacity on some of our main line routes.

"We are also working on plans to improve the resilience of the railway to extreme weather and renewing our focus on safety. While we are the safest railway of our size in Europe, we are not complacent - particularly when it comes to level crossings and the safety of our workforce.

"The next five years will make a huge difference to everyone who travels by train and we are committed to delivering a better, safer, more reliable railway for them."

– Tim Shoveller, Managing director, Network Rail/ South West Trains Alliance,

Cross Country warn of rail travel disruption on Monday

Services between Newcastle and Reading/Southampton will terminate/start at Birmingham.

Services between Manchester and Bournemouth will run in two portions:Manchester-Oxford, and Didcot Parkway-Bournemouth.

First Great Western will be providing alternative transport between Oxford and Didcot Parkway that can be used by CrossCountry customers.

Passengers holding Advance tickets may travel on earlier or later trains as necessary. CrossCountry tickets may also be used for travel on Chiltern Railways, First Great Western and South West Trains services where required.

South Eastern's services disrupted by landslip

South Eastern say the landslips between Robertsbridge and Battle, and at Stonegate, are causing disruption on the line between Tonbridge and Hastings.

The line between Wadhurst and Battle is closed, meaning no trains can run between these stations. This is to allow Network Rail engineers to fix the damage caused by the landslips. The line is not expected to reopen before Monday 17 February.

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