Suicide prevention measures put in place as part of the partnership between Samaritans, Network Rail, British Transport Police (BTP) and the wider rail industry are continuing to reduce deaths on the railway across the south west railway.
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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
Two senior engineers at Network Rail are encouraging girls to follow in their footsteps and pursue careers in engineering, as the organisation celebrates International Women in Engineering Day 2017 at an event at London Waterloo station alongside John Hayes MP, minister of state at the Department for Transport.
Flying Scotsman fans urged to stay safe during trips from London to Berkshire, Hampshire and Wiltshire
Fans of the famous Flying Scotsman are being urged to keep off the tracks and enjoy a safe day out when the locomotive tours the south and west next week.
Network Rail is urging passengers to ‘Check Before You Travel’ over the spring bank holiday weekend, when engineers will be carrying out work in Surrey and Hampshire.
Longer platforms for longer trains: Network Rail completes Egham and Virginia Water platform extensions
Network Rail has completed work to extend platforms at Egham and Virginia Water stations, as part of the £800 million Waterloo & South West Upgrade to increase capacity into Waterloo by 30% by the end of 2018.
Network Rail has completed a £4 million upgrade at Waterloo station this Easter, as part of the £800 million Waterloo & South West Upgrade to boost capacity at the station by 30% by 2018.
- Across Britain, one person trespasses on the railway every hour, putting their lives in danger
- Network Rail and the British Transport Police record 25 incidents of trespass at Bournemouth, Christchurch and Pokesdown in just one year
- Trespass incidents typically increase in April and May, coinciding with warm weather and school holidays
Network Rail reminds south London and Surrey passengers to Check Before You Travel ahead of Easter upgrade work
Passengers planning to travel over the Easter bank holiday weekend are being reminded to check before they travel while Network Rail invests £4 million in making the railway in south London more reliable.
Passengers planning to travel between Poole and Wareham over the Easter bank holiday weekend (14-17 April) , or the weekend of the 22 & 23 April, are being reminded to check before they travel while Network Rail upgrades the railway’s sea defences in Holes Bay, Poole Harbour.