Work to deliver improvements for passengers across Dorset and Somerset has passed the half-way point as Network Rail engineers continue to work around the clock to repair and upgrade the railway following last year’s landslip.

The line is closed between Gillingham and Yeovil Junction on the Waterloo-Exeter route until Sunday due to works at Templecombe.

Part of the roof at Sherborne station is being replaced as part of the work and track is being upgraded at Gillingham.

Mark Killick, route director at Network Rail Wessex said: “We are at the midpoint of the project and I would like to thank those who needed to travel for their patience while we carry out these works. The team have worked tirelessly to deliver a more reliable railway now and for generations to come. If you must travel this week, please wear a face covering and check travel advice.”

At the mid-point of the project, engineers have:

Inserted into the slope at Templecombe a number of four metre steel nails reinforced by cement to stop any further movement

Built a 40 metre gabion wall at the bottom of the cutting – which is made of buckets of stone – adding further protection

Replaced 400 metres of track in the Gillingham area to stabilise the land that sits below the track

Replaced part of the roof at Sherborne stations as well as improving the appearance of both Sherborne and Templecombe stations by removing vegetation, replacing fencing and repainting the buildings