Network Rail has completed work to extend platforms at Camberley station, as part of the £800 million Waterloo & South West Upgrade to increase capacity into Waterloo by 30% by the end of 2018.
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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 completed work to extend platforms at Bracknell station and Wokingham station, as part of the £800 million Waterloo & South West Upgrade to increase capacity into Waterloo by 30% by the end of 2018.
Britain runs on rail: New figures show the full extent of the rail industry’s contribution to south London, Surrey and Berkshire
- Network Rail spent over £800 million with over 200 local businesses last year
- £100 million spent every single week by Network Rail on improving the railway in Britain
Network Rail has completed three weekends of work at Waterloo to replace key sections of track as part of its Railway Upgrade Plan for a better railway for passengers.
Network Rail advises 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 advised 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 advised to check before they travel while Network Rail upgrades the railway’s sea defences in Holes Bay, Poole Harbour.
Network Rail is advising passengers in the Guildford area to ‘Check Before You Travel’ over two full weekends and two Sundays in April and May while it invests £800,000 to renew important sections of track to make journeys more reliable.
Network Rail is inviting users of Vauxhall station to find out more about upcoming station upgrade work which will reduce congestion during peak periods and make it easier for passengers to board and alight trains.
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
Network Rail has completed an important weekend of improvements at Waterloo this weekend (4/5 March) replacing vital sections of track to make the railway more resilient and more reliable as part of the enormous £800 million Waterloo & South West Upgrade.