The South West
This area includes the Great Western Main Line and its branches, covering the route from London Paddington to Penzance, through Bristol and onto Pilning, up to the boundaries with Wales, Worcester and Basingstoke. It operates and maintains over 900 miles of track, enabling the running of over 2,000 services a day. Train operators include Great Western Railway, South West Railway, CrossCountry, Chiltern Railways and Heathrow Express.
Latest news for this route
Residents invited to find out more about station upgrade work ahead of Elizabeth line services commencing later this year
Network Rail will be holding a series of drop-in sessions to update residents on the Crossrail west station improvement works taking place at Acton, Ealing, Hayes & Harlington, Southall, and West Drayton in preparation for the introduction of Elizabeth line and new Transport for London (TfL) Rail services from December 2019.
Work set to restart on new sea wall which will help protect vital rail artery to the south west for next 100 years
Network Rail is set to restart work on a new bigger sea wall at Dawlish, in Devon, on 9 September which will provide greater protection to the railway and town from rising sea levels and extreme weather for generations to come.
Passengers are reminded to check before travelling to the West this August bank holiday
Wales and Western’s rail network will benefit from £9.4m worth of investment over the August bank holiday weekend (Saturday 24 to Monday 26 August inclusive), as 1,600 Network Rail staff will work a combined total of 17,392 hours to carry out vital upgrades to improve rail performance for passengers and freight.
Residents invited to find out more ahead of new Dawlish sea wall work restarting
Residents are invited to a drop-in session in Dawlish, Devon, to update them ahead of work restarting on the new sea wall which will help protect the town and the railway from extreme weather and rising sea levels for generations to come.
Station staff prepare for Reading Festival revellers
Network Rail staff at Reading station are preparing to welcome an influx of music lovers ahead of the annual Reading Festival this weekend.
Young people from across Bristol take part in railway safety workshop and mini football tournament with the rising stars of Bristol City F.C
Earlier this summer, Network Rail and the British Transport Police (BTP) launched a new partnership with the English Football League Trust (EFL Trust) and StreetGames to help tackle the increasing number of people risking their lives on the railway in Bristol.
Network Rail commits to summer of Dawlish beach cleans
Network Rail has announced that throughout the summer, staff will be undertaking regular beach cleans along the Dawlish sea front in Devon to help keep the beach clean and free from rubbish.
Western route ready to take on the hot weather as the mercury is predicted to rise
As summer starts to hot up with high temperatures forecast this week, Network Rail’s Western route has been busy making sure that the hot weather doesn’t cause frustrations for passengers and that any potential disruption to journeys is minimised.
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