Barnes Bridge Closure Extended for a Week
South Western Rail services to be disrupted until at least next Monday
Mark Killick, Network Rail’s route director
November 29, 2022
The repairs to Barnes Bridge which have disrupted local train services are set to continue until next Monday (5 December).
South Western Railway originally said that it hoped to have the work completed by Monday 28 November but it has taken longer than originally expected and now it says that the lines will fully open ‘no later’ than Monday.
The bridge remains open for pedestrians.
Barnes Bridge and Chiswick stations are closed and an hourly service has been introduced between Kew Bridge and Hounslow.
Hounslow Loop services (anti-clockwise) from London Waterloo via Hounslow and Twickenham are cancelled. Hounslow Loop services (clockwise) from London Waterloo is terminating at Hounslow.
Additional services are running from Hounslow to London Waterloo at 10 minutes and 40 minutes past the hour calling at Twickenham, Richmond and London Waterloo.
For onward travel to Barnes Bridge and Chiswick stations, tickets will be accepted on:
Engineers carrying out planned inspections using specialist ultrasonic instruments found defects in some of the metal pins underneath the 1900s Victorian, Grade II listed structure.
Due to the bridge being a unique structure, the components that need replacing will take longer to be specially manufactured.
Mark Killick, Network Rail’s Wessex route director, said, “We’re extremely sorry for the major disruption this has caused to train services. The safety of our customers always takes priority.
“Engineers found that four out of the 86 large steel pins that are used to hold in place the structural girders, which support the railway tracks above were slightly damaged. Due to the location of the bridge which spans over the River Thames, this makes gaining access to replace the pins much more complex.
“We’re continuing to work closely with our train operating partners at SWR to produce a revised timetable to serve as many stations in the local area as possible.”
If you are delayed for 15 minutes or longer due to this disruption then South Western Railway pledges to refund your money.
Passengers can check the SWR website for latest information.