Yeovil Pen Mill

Planned engineering work in the Yeovil area may affect your rail journey

A programme of rail improvement work will affect trains between Somerset and Dorset on weekdays in February and March.

Network Rail is planning to carry out track upgrades and maintenance between Dorchester West, Yeovil Pen Mill and Castle Cary.

While the line is closed for this work, Network Rail also plans to undertake station improvements at Maiden Newton.

No trains will be able to run between Yeovil Pen Mill and Dorchester West from Monday 27 February to Friday 3 March, or from Monday 6 to Friday 10 March.

In addition, no train services will be able to operate between Yeovil Pen Mill and Castle Cary on Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 March.

There will be no impact on South Western Railway trains serving Weymouth, Upwey or Dorchester South stations.

  • Trains between Weymouth and Bristol Temple Meads will start/terminate at Yeovil Pen Mill from Monday 27 February to Friday 3 March
  • These train services run as normal on the weekend of 4/5 March
  • Trains start/terminate at Castle Cary instead on Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 March
  • Trains start/terminated at Yeovil Pen Mill from Wednesday 8 to Friday 10 March
  • Buses replace trains between Weymouth and Yeovil Pen Mill on weekdays from Monday 27 February to Friday 10 March
  • Buses also replace trains between Yeovil Pen Mill and Castle Cary on Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 March

SWR has agreed to accept GWR tickets on trains between Weymouth and Southampton Central. Tickets for Dorchester West will also be valid for Dorchester South.

This means customers travelling between Weymouth and Bristol Temple Meads can change trains at Southampton Central to complete their journey with GWR.

For more information, visit

Ben Scott, GWR’s Station Manager for Westbury, Wiltshire & Dorset, said:

“These upgrades are part of an ongoing programme of work that will enable us to maintain services for customers travelling on the Heart of Wessex route.

“To help customers, we have ticket acceptance in place with SWR and Network Rail has agreed to reopen the line to enable our Weymouth trains to run at the weekend.

“We will also be providing alternative road transport, to ensure our customers can still complete their journeys during this period.”

Mark Killick, Network Rail’s Wessex route director, said:

“I’m delighted to see that our work to improve the railway in the Heart of Wessex is continuing this February.

“Over the last few years we’ve made a major investment in this area to improve our infrastructure, renewing miles of track, refurbishing stations and replacing a bridge at Yetminster.

“This upcoming closure means we’re another step closure to a safer, more reliable railway and I’d like to thank our passengers for their patience over the next few weeks.”

Contact Information

John Carter

Media and Communications Manager

Great Western Railway

0845 410 4444

Notes to editors

First Greater Western Limited, trading as “Great Western Railway” (GWR), operates trains across the Great Western franchise area, which includes South Wales, the West Country, the Cotswolds, across southern England and into London. GWR provides high speed, commuter, regional and branch line train services, and before the covid-19 pandemic helped over 100 million passengers reach their destinations every year. GWR has been awarded a National Rail Contract to continue operating the Great Western network, which shall run up to 21 June 2025, with the potential for a further three years at the Secretary of State’s discretion. Find out more here: