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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 works with Surrey school to increase take-up of female employees: Network Rail presenting to students at Ash Manor School in Surrey for International Women's Day 2017

Network Rail works with Surrey school to increase take-up of female employees

Friday 10 Mar 2017

Network Rail has kicked off its campaign to increase the number of females employed on Britain’s railways with an event at Ash Manor School in Surrey, which is designed to show teenage girls the enormous breadth of careers available in engineering and the wider railway industry.

  • Network Rail sets target of increasing female workforce to 20 percent by 2020
  • New engagement programme, ‘People Like Me’, launched to inspire young women to pursue careers in engineering
Major railway upgrades will mean weekend changes for passengers: Track renewal work will take place at Waterloo during two weekends in March 2017 (1)

Major railway upgrades will mean weekend changes for passengers

Tuesday 28 Feb 2017

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.

Network Rail strengthens Wessex route management team: Jason Bridges 3

Network Rail strengthens Wessex route management team

Thursday 23 Feb 2017

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.