Upgraded railway: one of the first trains leaves Guildford on the morning of 20 April following completion of the engineering works.

Guildford upgrade completed

Ten days of major engineering work in the Guildford area concluded as the railway reopened on Monday 20 April.

A total of 20,000 hours of work by Network Rail saw track, power supplies and signalling equipment improved in a programme which began on Good Friday. Around 1,500 metres of new track was installed on lines approaching Guildford from Worplesdon and Wanborough, 41 track circuits were upgraded while 1,200 metres of conductor rail was renewed between Guildford and Clandon. Work also took place in St Catherine’s Tunnel between Guildford and Shalford to remove around 800 tonnes of sand and strengthen an embankment, enabling a 20mph speed restriction imposed last year following two landslips to be removed. The station footbridge at Guildford station received a facelift with new paintwork and anti-slip tiles, while on the Portsmouth direct line work also took place south of Guildford at Witley and Godalming.

The work affected services operated by South Western Railway and Great Western Railway. Services from Guildford to London Waterloo via Clandon resumed after the Easter bank holiday weekend on Tuesday 14 April, with all other lines reopening in the early hours of Monday 20 April as planned. Follow-up work will take place on the weekends of 25-26 April and 16-17 May.

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