Network Rail and South West Trains are advising passengers to Check Before You Travel as major track upgrades at Waterloo as part of the Waterloo & South West Upgrade, and improvement works elsewhere on the network, will significantly reduce the number of trains running during two weekends in March.
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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 has appointed Jason Bridges into a new key role of Chief Operating Officer for its Wessex route, which includes all services to and from Waterloo, to strengthen the daily focus on delivering a safe and reliable railway.
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Network Rail is inviting residents living near Woodfield Lane level crossing in Ashtead, Surrey, to come and find out more about upcoming improvement work at the crossing aimed at making it safer and more reliable.
Network Rail will begin improvement work to replace equipment at Woodfield Lane level crossing in Ashtead, Surrey this month as part of plans to make the level crossing more reliable.
Network Rail and South West Trains have today (26 January) published detailed train service information to help passengers plan their journeys during the major upgrades taking place at London Waterloo this August as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan.
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VIDEO: "There's no excuse": Network Rail warns pedestrians not to risk their lives on level crossings
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Network Rail is giving passengers a behind-the-scenes look at the major upgrade of London’s Waterloo station, as work to deliver the £800 million Waterloo & South West Upgrade continues.