A nine-day line closure will take place in October/November 2019 affecting the West Coastway between Barnham and Havant. There will also be several subsequent weekend closures. This is to allow Network Rail to replace the tracks and replace life expired equipment at several level crossings with new, more reliable, technology. The work will improve the reliability of rail services on the line and the reliability of the level crossings, reducing delays for rail passengers and motorists.
On the weekdays, from Monday 28 October to Friday 1 November 2019, buses will replace trains between Fareham, Havant and Chichester and journeys will take longer than usual. The closure has been carefully planned for school half-term, when passenger numbers are lower and some people may be able to be more flexible with their travel plans or take holiday.
On the following weekend dates buses will replace trains between Havant and Barnham:
- Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October
- Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 November
- Sunday 10 November
- Sunday 17 November
- Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December
Throughout the work there will be no Southern services between Havant and Portsmouth or Southampton. South Western Railway and Great Western Railway services will be running a near normal service to/from Portsmouth and Southampton. Trains to London will still run from Havant (to London Waterloo via South Western Railway) and Bognor Regis (via Southern). During the weekdays, trains to London will also still run from Chichester (via Southern).
Revised bus and train times for all dates are now available in journey planners.