New figures from Network Rail¹ reveal that 1 in 5 survey respondents in Southampton, and over a quarter in Bournemouth, report a near miss or accident when using their mobile phone around the transport network.
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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
Passengers in Hampshire will soon benefit from a better and more reliable railway as Network Rail prepares to carry out a major track renewal project at Fareham.
Passengers at Godalming, Surrey, will benefit from a better, more accessible station after Network Rail officially unveiled a £4m upgrade, which was completed four weeks earlier than planned, alongside representatives from the Department for Transport; the council; a local access campaigner; Jeremy Hunt, MP for South West Surrey; and South West Trains.
Railway staff, police officers and members of the public have saved over 1,100 people in 2015/16 having intervened in potential suicide attempts on Britain’s railway.
Passengers requiring step-free access advised to allow extra time for journeys from and to Ascot station during station upgrade
Passengers requiring step-free access at Ascot station are advised to allow extra time for journeys from 6 September to February 2017, as Network Rail begins work to extend all three platforms and install a new bridge with lifts to make the station fully accessible.
Passengers in Hampshire are already benefiting from Network Rail’s £6.5 million investment in a state-of-the-art ‘workshop on wheels’, which has seen a step-change in the way that the company’s orange army can maintain and repair the railway.
Passengers in Surrey are already benefiting from Network Rail’s £6.5 million investment in a state-of-the-art ‘workshop on wheels’, which has seen a step-change in the way that the company’s orange army can maintain and repair the railway.
Passengers to the south and west of London will benefit from a more reliable and resilient railway thanks to Network Rail’s bank holiday upgrades completed this weekend.
Network Rail will start work to implement a permanent repair to the railway embankment between Farnham and Alton on 5 September, following the landslip at Wrecclesham that closed the railway for nearly three weeks in April this year.
Network Rail is beginning a £1.4m upgrade to extend the platforms at Camberley station this week, allowing longer trains to call at the station as part of the organisation’s Railway Upgrade Plan.