'Be patient' plea to passengers over railway delays

Daily Echo: 'Be patient' plea to passengers over railway delays 'Be patient' plea to passengers over railway delays

“Please be patient.”

That is the plea from railway bosses after they revealed more than £20m of engineering works will see Southampton Central station closed at weekends for two months, causing travel chaos for passengers.

As revealed in yesterday’s Daily Echo, trains running through the station will be cancelled and replaced by buses as part of the project, and some journeys will take up to an hour longer.

The man behind the scheme Network Rail and South West Trains Alliance’s infrastructure director Jim Morgan says the reason for it is because of the success of Southampton as a city.

Passenger numbers have gone up in the past ten years by more than 1.5m people compared to 2004, while business is booming at the port which is seeing more freight trains travelling in and out of Southampton.

He said: “There are 20 per cent more passengers now which means more carriages and trains and more wear and tear on the track, and there is a fantastic growth of freight, and freight is heavy and wears out the track.

“Southampton has done so well as a city and there are more trains going through the city.

“If we put it off it would be less reliable and more prone to failure and the people who use the railway need one that works properly. We are sorry for the inconvenience – obviously we do not like to inconvenience anybody – but we cannot think of any alternative way of doing it.”

The investment marks the biggest overhaul in the railway line since a £15m project to redevelop the tunnel back in 2010, which lasted nearly four weeks.

The project will see 80 people work on a three-mile stretch of line between Southampton Central station and Redbridge station, where they will replace 30 sets of points in the track.

Despite delayed journeys, a leading passenger group praised the scheme. Secretary of Railfuture Wessex, Charles Burns, said: “We welcome investment into rail infrastructure and sadly accept that without an easy alternative route to Bourne-mouth there has to be disruption in this instance and that is best done at weekends rather that during the week.”

Lines will be closed between Southampton Central and Southampton Airport every weekend until May 4, and a rail-replacement bus service will run every weekend up until May 4 when the work is expected to end.

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4:14am Thu 6 Mar 14

nervousbumskin420 says...

and what's the betting, the ticket prices will shoot up to an even more ridiculous amout after it has finished? time to start dodging the ticket man, and hiding in the toilets all the way to work i thing!
and what's the betting, the ticket prices will shoot up to an even more ridiculous amout after it has finished? time to start dodging the ticket man, and hiding in the toilets all the way to work i thing! nervousbumskin420
  • Score: 2

5:30am Thu 6 Mar 14

Phil76 says...

We'll be patient if SWT are competent. Bus replacements at Central turning up on platform 1 but passengers being told to go to platform 4 so missing the bus and having to wait even longer is really not great. Nor is the bus drivers getting lost on the way to stations. I saw a double decker rail replacement bus trying to get over Eling Toll Bridge only a few weeks ago...it isn't rocket science.
We'll be patient if SWT are competent. Bus replacements at Central turning up on platform 1 but passengers being told to go to platform 4 so missing the bus and having to wait even longer is really not great. Nor is the bus drivers getting lost on the way to stations. I saw a double decker rail replacement bus trying to get over Eling Toll Bridge only a few weeks ago...it isn't rocket science. Phil76
  • Score: 1

7:40am Thu 6 Mar 14

bigfella777 says...

but when does this start? It's bad news for Saints fans
but when does this start? It's bad news for Saints fans bigfella777
  • Score: -3

9:51am Thu 6 Mar 14

camerajuan says...

bigfella777 wrote:
but when does this start? It's bad news for Saints fans
Think its scheduled for Sunday March 16th. I hope it is anyway I'm going to Brighton on the 15th!
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: but when does this start? It's bad news for Saints fans[/p][/quote]Think its scheduled for Sunday March 16th. I hope it is anyway I'm going to Brighton on the 15th! camerajuan
  • Score: 1

9:56am Thu 6 Mar 14

Beer Monster says...

bigfella777 wrote:
but when does this start? It's bad news for Saints fans
Next weekend (15th/16th March)... that encompasses 4 home and 4 away games. The work will allegedly be finished in time for the last game of the season against Man Utd.

In all fairness, my schedule is somewhat busy with social visits over the next couple of months so the next time I'm intending to travel down south will be for Southampton Beer Festival at the end of May...
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: but when does this start? It's bad news for Saints fans[/p][/quote]Next weekend (15th/16th March)... that encompasses 4 home and 4 away games. The work will allegedly be finished in time for the last game of the season against Man Utd. In all fairness, my schedule is somewhat busy with social visits over the next couple of months so the next time I'm intending to travel down south will be for Southampton Beer Festival at the end of May... Beer Monster
  • Score: 1

11:08am Thu 6 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

nervousbumskin420 wrote:
and what's the betting, the ticket prices will shoot up to an even more ridiculous amout after it has finished? time to start dodging the ticket man, and hiding in the toilets all the way to work i thing!
I think you will find that one of the reasons that fares are high is because there is a lot of theft and a lot of vandalism, Happy fare dodging but don't complain if you get caught.
[quote][p][bold]nervousbumskin420[/bold] wrote: and what's the betting, the ticket prices will shoot up to an even more ridiculous amout after it has finished? time to start dodging the ticket man, and hiding in the toilets all the way to work i thing![/p][/quote]I think you will find that one of the reasons that fares are high is because there is a lot of theft and a lot of vandalism, Happy fare dodging but don't complain if you get caught. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 3

11:41am Thu 6 Mar 14

bluecougar says...

Oh for heavens sake, it has to be done some time, its for a couple of months at the weekend - I can live with that, stop whinging and be grateful they are updating and improving and that more people are using the trains.
Oh for heavens sake, it has to be done some time, its for a couple of months at the weekend - I can live with that, stop whinging and be grateful they are updating and improving and that more people are using the trains. bluecougar
  • Score: 3

1:55pm Thu 6 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

bluecougar wrote:
Oh for heavens sake, it has to be done some time, its for a couple of months at the weekend - I can live with that, stop whinging and be grateful they are updating and improving and that more people are using the trains.
Absolutely, I somehow think the ones complaining never actually use the railway. The weather has given the railway companies a lot of grief and they should be thanked for flogging their guts out to give you a service at all.
[quote][p][bold]bluecougar[/bold] wrote: Oh for heavens sake, it has to be done some time, its for a couple of months at the weekend - I can live with that, stop whinging and be grateful they are updating and improving and that more people are using the trains.[/p][/quote]Absolutely, I somehow think the ones complaining never actually use the railway. The weather has given the railway companies a lot of grief and they should be thanked for flogging their guts out to give you a service at all. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 1

4:05pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Donald2000 says...

nervousbumskin420 wrote:
and what's the betting, the ticket prices will shoot up to an even more ridiculous amout after it has finished? time to start dodging the ticket man, and hiding in the toilets all the way to work i thing!
Fare dodging is a criminal offence and is punishable by up to a £1000 fine. If the railway authorities do not decide to prosecute you then they can levy a penalty fare of twice the journey cost to the end of the line.

I don't know if you have noticed this but there are barriers in most of the main stations now, so your ;little ruse of not paying would not work because the barriers do not accept hot air payments.

One last thing, stating that you intend to defraud the railways is not only a criminal offence in and of itself but so is stating that you will do so on a public web site. You, my friend, are one of little brains.
[quote][p][bold]nervousbumskin420[/bold] wrote: and what's the betting, the ticket prices will shoot up to an even more ridiculous amout after it has finished? time to start dodging the ticket man, and hiding in the toilets all the way to work i thing![/p][/quote]Fare dodging is a criminal offence and is punishable by up to a £1000 fine. If the railway authorities do not decide to prosecute you then they can levy a penalty fare of twice the journey cost to the end of the line. I don't know if you have noticed this but there are barriers in most of the main stations now, so your ;little ruse of not paying would not work because the barriers do not accept hot air payments. One last thing, stating that you intend to defraud the railways is not only a criminal offence in and of itself but so is stating that you will do so on a public web site. You, my friend, are one of little brains. Donald2000
  • Score: 1

4:08pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Donald2000 says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
nervousbumskin420 wrote:
and what's the betting, the ticket prices will shoot up to an even more ridiculous amout after it has finished? time to start dodging the ticket man, and hiding in the toilets all the way to work i thing!
I think you will find that one of the reasons that fares are high is because there is a lot of theft and a lot of vandalism, Happy fare dodging but don't complain if you get caught.
The guy is an idiot. Any police officer looking on here would be alerted by a threat to dodge fares and would be likely looking for this guy's address. He has no brains.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nervousbumskin420[/bold] wrote: and what's the betting, the ticket prices will shoot up to an even more ridiculous amout after it has finished? time to start dodging the ticket man, and hiding in the toilets all the way to work i thing![/p][/quote]I think you will find that one of the reasons that fares are high is because there is a lot of theft and a lot of vandalism, Happy fare dodging but don't complain if you get caught.[/p][/quote]The guy is an idiot. Any police officer looking on here would be alerted by a threat to dodge fares and would be likely looking for this guy's address. He has no brains. Donald2000
  • Score: 2

7:42pm Thu 6 Mar 14

forest hump says...

Donald2000 wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
nervousbumskin420 wrote:
and what's the betting, the ticket prices will shoot up to an even more ridiculous amout after it has finished? time to start dodging the ticket man, and hiding in the toilets all the way to work i thing!
I think you will find that one of the reasons that fares are high is because there is a lot of theft and a lot of vandalism, Happy fare dodging but don't complain if you get caught.
The guy is an idiot. Any police officer looking on here would be alerted by a threat to dodge fares and would be likely looking for this guy's address. He has no brains.
Chill out Don, he's goofing around
[quote][p][bold]Donald2000[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nervousbumskin420[/bold] wrote: and what's the betting, the ticket prices will shoot up to an even more ridiculous amout after it has finished? time to start dodging the ticket man, and hiding in the toilets all the way to work i thing![/p][/quote]I think you will find that one of the reasons that fares are high is because there is a lot of theft and a lot of vandalism, Happy fare dodging but don't complain if you get caught.[/p][/quote]The guy is an idiot. Any police officer looking on here would be alerted by a threat to dodge fares and would be likely looking for this guy's address. He has no brains.[/p][/quote]Chill out Don, he's goofing around forest hump
  • Score: 0

11:00pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Donald2000 says...

forest hump wrote:
Donald2000 wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
nervousbumskin420 wrote:
and what's the betting, the ticket prices will shoot up to an even more ridiculous amout after it has finished? time to start dodging the ticket man, and hiding in the toilets all the way to work i thing!
I think you will find that one of the reasons that fares are high is because there is a lot of theft and a lot of vandalism, Happy fare dodging but don't complain if you get caught.
The guy is an idiot. Any police officer looking on here would be alerted by a threat to dodge fares and would be likely looking for this guy's address. He has no brains.
Chill out Don, he's goofing around
I am afraid he is not goofing around. There's been many a person found hiding in toilets trying to avoid the ticket collector and inspector.
[quote][p][bold]forest hump[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Donald2000[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nervousbumskin420[/bold] wrote: and what's the betting, the ticket prices will shoot up to an even more ridiculous amout after it has finished? time to start dodging the ticket man, and hiding in the toilets all the way to work i thing![/p][/quote]I think you will find that one of the reasons that fares are high is because there is a lot of theft and a lot of vandalism, Happy fare dodging but don't complain if you get caught.[/p][/quote]The guy is an idiot. Any police officer looking on here would be alerted by a threat to dodge fares and would be likely looking for this guy's address. He has no brains.[/p][/quote]Chill out Don, he's goofing around[/p][/quote]I am afraid he is not goofing around. There's been many a person found hiding in toilets trying to avoid the ticket collector and inspector. Donald2000
  • Score: 0

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