Project Wareham – Linking Swanage Railway to the National Mainline at Wareham in Dorset, Exeter

16 June, 2016 | 18:00 - 20:00

Ballast being delivered into place on the new rail link.
Ballast being delivered into place on the new rail link.

About this event

Using the once in a lifetime opportunity of the Network Rail re-signalling scheme between Poole & Wool, many organisations associated with the Swanage Railway have worked together with a view to re-establishing a passenger service between Swanage and Wareham.

Project Wareham has been a complex project, undertaken with scant resource and has suffered its fair share of delays and issues. However the commencement of a trial service in 2017 remains the very firm objective of the volunteer led Swanage Railway.


For more information, please contact:

Ian Cutler

Event materials

The following materials are available for download:


Frank Roberts

Frank Roberts

In parallel with 25 years of Colour Service in the British Army, Frank Roberts joined the fledgling Swanage Railway in 1983, and led the installation of the Railway's internal telephone system; with the Royal Signals supporting cable installation and other works since 1984. Frank has supported Swanage Railway as a director and a trustee, and was the volunteer Infrastructure Manager for two years from November 2004.

In 2006 he joined Stagecoach Rail as a Project Manager, simultaneously studying for a degree in Railway Operational Management with the Institute of Railway Operators. Following 4 years managing 12 stations in the Staines and Windsor Area, he spent 18 months in the Wessex Integrated Control Centre at LondonWaterloo, which manages all operational aspects of the rail area bounded by London, Portsmouth, Exeter and Reading.

Frank chose to move back home to Swanage in February 2014 on appointment as the Senior Project Manager overseeing most Swanage Railway aspects of the £5.56m project to upgrade infrastructure assets, and re-establish a passenger service between Swanage and Wareham in Dorset.