Burnaby Road railway bridge closures

Improvements are being made to city infrastructure this month, to improve the travel offering for tourists and locals alike. During February half term, Burnaby Road railway bridge near the city centre will close for the construction of a £2.7 million replacement. This means delays will be likely along this route, so anyone travelling to the city between 12th and 16th February should plan ahead and allow more time for their journey.

What's happening?

The Burnaby Road Bridge is now 'life expired', having been in operation for 142 years. The bridge is used by 113,000 trains each year, carrying a total of 4 million passengers. However, weight limits have been put in place for safety reasons, which has limited the bridge's freight capacity. If nothing was done, similar limits would need to be imposed on passenger travel.

The replacement is a multi-million pound crossing that will improve both safety and reliability for rail passengers. It will comprise an 88-tonne structure made with exclusively British steel. To complete the work quickly and effectively, a team of more than 50 Network Rail engineers and staff will work around the clock, during February half term, to replace the bridge with as little disruption as possible.

When will work start?

The railway line will close at 1:15am on Monday 12 February and re-open at 6am on Saturday 17 February. A limited service will then be in operation on the line from 8pm Saturday to end of service on Sunday 18 February. Normal service is scheduled to resume on Monday 19 February.

Rail replacement bus services

During this time, rail replacement bus services will be in operation between Portsmouth Harbour and Portsmouth and Southsea stations. The Harbour station will remain open to pedestrians using it for the ferry port.

Updates will be shared throughout the week by South Western Railway and National Rail, so check their websites and social media feeds for the most up-to-date travel information.

Road closures

Burnaby Road will be closed for the work to take place. Park Road (adjacent to the site) will also be closed, for use by heavy machinery and equipment. Diversions will be in place and signposted throughout the week, for both vehicles and pedestrians.

Portsmouth City Council will share updates on the work and diversions in place, so check up on the website or social media channels before travelling.

We hope the improvement works have little impact on your journeys, and thank you for your patience during this week.

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