Holidaymakers and travellers will face train disruption during the upcoming bank holiday.

Planned engineering works will affect trains from Southampton on the weekend of May 4 to May 6.

Those looking to travel along the south coast are urged to plan their journeys ahead.

Buses will replace South Western Railway (SWR) services from Basingstoke to Eastleigh, extending from Eastleigh to Fareham, Southampton Central and Romsey on Sunday only throughout the three-day weekend.

Martin Shirley, Network Rail project manager, said: “We try to carry out our works during the least disruptive times, and bank holidays is when fewer passengers travel.

"We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes, most of our route will remain open as usual, but some services will be affected so we’re asking passengers to plan ahead and check before they travel.”

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Engineers from Network Rail will remove old track and install around half a mile of new track at Wallers Ash between Winchester and Micheldever.

The aim is to create smoother and quieter journeys.

During this closure, maintenance crews will clear the gutters and canopies at Eastleigh and Winchester train stations and remove overgrown vegetation near Chandler’s Ford station.

The work taking place across the network means that some trains will be replaced by buses, and journeys may take longer.

Travel information

SWR will be running rail replacement bus services on the following routes:

 Saturday, May 4 to Monday, May 6

•            Eastleigh to Basingstoke

Saturday 4 to Sunday, May 5

•            Reading to Guildford

Sunday, May 5 only

•            Guildford to Aldershot

•            Bracknell to Reading

•            Eastleigh to Romsey

•            Eastleigh to Fareham

•            Eastleigh to Southampton Central