Work commences on Good Friday

It was announced many months ago but the Guildford Blockade of Easter 2020 is now nearing its close. Our partners in Network Rail are “grateful for the inclusion of essential rail workers in the government’s definition of key workers because it enables us to contribute to the national efforts in keeping the country running. Please rest assured that our people come first and we are committed to safe working environments for them.  We recognise our important role in supporting the economy and society through this incredibly challenging period. While you may see a lot of workers on site throughout the duration of the project, we have adopted all best practice measures on protective equipment, health advice and working practices. ”

Over the Easter weekend Guildford station was closed and buses replaced train services, SWR services to Haslemere and Aldershot are replaced by buses from April 10-19 and the North Downs Line has a bus replacement service all the way from North Camp to Gatwick. Our intrepid reporter, Guildford resident Mick Stone, was able to report that a limited rail service was running yesterday from Guildford to London Waterloo via Cobham & Stoke D’Abernon (see picture of 14.22)

Network Rail have done a great job in very trying times, let’s hope they finish successfully because this work is not before time – as the Project Director says…..