Proposed new route for discussion


The old route started east of Didcot station and has been built on.  The new route will start west of Didcot station at Milton Park.  It will run south, parallel to the A34 road and there will be a station at Harwell to serve Harwell village and the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus.  The line will then rejoin the original route at Chilton and continue through Churn, Compton,  Hampstead Norris and Hermitage to Shaw.  The Shaw-Newbury-Burghclere section is under review and suggestions are invited.  From Burghclere, the line will continue to Litchfield.  South of Litchfield, the new line will make a junction with the Basingstoke-Salisbury line near Whitchurch and new chord will be added to join the Basingstoke-Winchester line near Popham tunnels.  We have no plans to re-open Winchester Chesil Station, which is now a multi-storey car park.  Trains would call at Micheldever and Winchester stations before continuing to Southampton.



The new route has been designed to minimise destruction of buildings by re-routing where necessary.  It will also serve Harwell, which was not previously served. 


Public involvement


Comments and suggestions are invited. Please email these to:



Page updated 5 December 2018