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.  At Shaw, the line will enter a tunnel, taking it under the Great Western line and Greenham Common.  It will rejoin the original route near Burghclere and 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. 




Tunnelling at Newbury will be expensive but is not outlandish.  For comparison, the proposed Windsor Link Railway will involve tunnelling under Windsor.  There will be no physical link with the Great Western line at Newbury so a separate passenger station will be required.


Public involvement


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Page updated 6 October 2018