New figures released this morning (Tuesday, 6 January) by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) reveal that London Waterloo remains Britain’s busiest station with annual passenger numbers reaching over 99 million in one year, as Network Rail and South West Trains continue their work to boost capacity at the station by 30%.
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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
A new footbridge opened by Network Rail at Gomshall station in Surrey has been officially named ‘Rosa’s Bridge’ in honour of Rosa Sigal, a local landowner who left Germany in the 1930s after she lost her job because she was Jewish, and eventually settled in England.
“My leg was stuck to the rail and I couldn’t get off”: Hampshire man appeals for the public to keep a clear head near the railway this Christmas
December may be a time of drinks after work and Christmas parties, but one man from Southampton is urging everyone to stay safe if they’re planning on using the railway this Christmas after he barely escaped with his own life when he fell onto an electrified rail.
Network Rail continues its support for the prestigious Landscape Photographer of the Year competition with the opening of an exhibition of the best entries from 2016 launching at London Waterloo station this evening (Monday 21 November).
Passengers using Whitton station will now benefit from £5 million worth of upgrades at their station, after Network Rail’s route managing director, Becky Lumlock, officially marked the completion of the final phase of the upgrade – a new, fully-accessible footbridge – alongside MP for Twickenham, Dr Tania Mathias, and representatives from Richmond Borough Council, the Rugby Football Union and South West Trains.
Network Rail is advising passengers to the south and west of London to plan their journeys as early as possible this Christmas. This is ahead of a programme of upgrade work taking place on the country’s rail network over the Christmas period.
Shyam Patel, a project manager at Network Rail, is calling on young people to consider a career in the railway as Network Rail marks Tomorrow’s Engineers Week 2016 (7-11 November 2016), a national week designed to shine a spotlight on engineers and engineering careers.
Passengers at Sunningdale station will soon benefit from longer trains as Network Rail’s work to extend the station’s platforms continues.
Passengers at Wokingham and Bracknell stations will soon benefit from longer trains as Network Rail’s work to extend the station’s platforms continues.
VIDEO and PICTURES: A better, more reliable railway: Network Rail completes Hampshire railway upgrades on time
Passengers travelling on the railway through Fareham will benefit from better, more reliable journeys from this morning thanks to a major, week-long upgrade completed on-time this weekend by Network Rail.