Weekend Subway shutdown in July

The Subway is set to suspend all train services for the weekend of 4 and 5 July to allow essential upgrade works to be carried out in the Subway depot. A replacement bus service will be in operation for Subway passengers who need to travel.

The upgrade work has been planned to allow contractors to install new signalling and power cable routes in the depot operational areas.

Subway Director Antony Smith said:

“The decision to suspend Subway services has not been taken lightly.  This is essential work that must be carried out to upgrade the Subway.

“The safest way to do this work is with a full suspension of services, as the new cable routes need to be installed under the tracks.  To do this we need to excavate below tracks in the depot and shut off the traction power, both of which prevent train movements in the operational areas and means we cannot move trains in and out of the system during this time.

“We are taking the opportunity to do these works now as the Subway is much quieter than normal and this will cause the least disruption to our passengers.”

These works are part of a wider programme of improvements in the depot.  SPT is working with the contractor to confirm potential further weekend suspensions to complete similar activity, with a second suspension possible towards the end of July/beginning August.

A bus replacement service will be available during the weekend of 4 and 5 July for Subway passengers. Buses will run to all stations in both inner and outer circle directions from 6:30am to 9pm on Saturday 4 July and from 10am to 6pm on Sunday 5 July.

Subway station ticket offices will be open and staff will be available to assist passengers.

Please only travel if absolutely necessary.  Try to avoid travelling at peak times and allow extra time for your journey. Maintain physical distance and face coverings must be worn.

Always consider alternatives to travelling by public transport such as walking or cycling, this will help reduce pressure on the road network and on public transport where capacity will be limited.

Please do not travel if you feel unwell or are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms (new continuous dry cough, fever, loss of or change in your sense of smell or taste, or if you are self-isolating or shielding).