THE TRAIN line between Salisbury and Yeovil Junction is going to be closed for 16 days later this month. 

The line between between Yeovil Junction and Axminster will be closed for five days between Monday, November 6 to Friday,  November 10 and the second closure between Salisbury and Yeovil Junction will take place from Saturday, November 25 to Sunday, December 10. 

Trains are being diverted and rail replacement buses are operating.

Engineers will be working around the clock to complete key upgrades at four different worksites and upgrades are part of a wider half a million-pound investment to improve reliability and performance along the line.

Work will take place at Crewkerne Tunnel where engineers will attempt to stabilise the cutting following a landslip in October 2021. There will be an installation of new drainage to help to reduce the impact of heavy rainfall.

Additional work will take place with the replacement of the barriers at the Broom and Axe level crossing, and the Weycroft River Bridge will have protective, anti-corrosion paint work. Areas of waterlogged track stones will be removed.   

SWR confirmed that there will be replacement bus services for passengers travelling to Tisbury, Gillingham, Sherborne and Templecombe.

Customers are advised to check their journey prior to travelling as services between London Waterloo and Salisbury, Basingstoke, and Salisbury, Yeovil Junction and Exeter St Davids, and Reading and Salisbury will be affected over the 16 days of closure.