The Victorian railway bridges at Earlsfield station in Wandsworth have been given major facelifts to restore them to their former glory.
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The Wessex Route is one of the busiest and most congested routes on the rail network. With 1,300 miles of track and over 200 stations, it includes the major commuter area of south west London as well as providing long distance services from Waterloo to the south and south-west of England, including all or part of the counties of Surrey, Berkshire, Hampshire, Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire.
Wessex contains some of the most densely trafficked railway lines in the country and is vital in supporting long distance traffic to and from other regions on its main lines. Significant urban areas on the route include Aldershot, Bournemouth, Southampton, Portsmouth, Guildford, Woking and Basingstoke. The network carries passenger services and significant volumes of freight traffic, linking Southampton Port and Airport with the Midlands and North of England, and is used by a number of operating companies.
Latest news for this region
Network Rail’s leaf-busting fleet will cover distance more than four times around the earth to tackle leaves on the line
Network Rail will be travelling the equivalent of more than four times around the world on the south western rail network to combat leaves on the line, which act like black ice on roads and can cause train delays throughout the autumn months.
Budding engineers in south west London are being encouraged to apply for Network Rail’s Advanced Engineering Apprenticeship Scheme, which is now open for applications for the March 2019 intake.
Budding engineers in Hampshire are being encouraged to apply for Network Rail’s Advanced Engineering Apprenticeship Scheme, which is now open for applications for the March 2019 intake.
Network Rail’s heat-seeking helicopter took to the skies of Surrey this week to help protect South Western Railway passengers from train delays
Network Rail’s high-tech thermal imaging helicopter flew over Surrey this week to spot and stop potential railway infrastructure faults as part of an ongoing drive to improve train performance.
Railway reopens between Axminster and Crewkerne as Network Rail completes installation of flood resilience
The railway between Axminster and Crewkerne reopened as planned on Sunday (23rd September) morning following a nine-day closure, during which Network Rail successfully installed two 550-tonne underground culverts to improve resilience of the railway through Devon.
Network Rail advising passengers on South Western Railway to check before travelling due to adverse weather conditions
Network Rail is advising passengers who travel on South Western Railway services to check their journeys before travelling this evening (Thursday 20th September) and tomorrow (Friday 21st) morning due to severe weather forecast across the south which will require speed limits for trains.
Passengers reminded to check before travelling ahead of £9.5 million investment to provide a more reliable railway through Devon and Dorset
Rail passengers travelling through Devon and Dorset have been reminded to check their journeys before travelling from this weekend as Network Rail delivers a £9.5 million scheme to protect a flood-prone stretch of railway in the south west.
Residents have been invited to find out more about Network Rail’s £23 million investment to rebuild parts of Feltham station, providing longer platforms for new longer trains, new step free access for travellers and a new bridge for cyclists and pedestrians so they can safely cross the railway.
Services between Crewkerne and Exeter will be disrupted from 15 September and 10 November as Network Rail delivers a £9 million flood defence scheme to better protect the railway line.