Network Rail’s Western route 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. The route operates and maintains over 900 miles of track, enabling the running of over 2,000 services a day. Train operators in the route include Great Western Railway, South West Trains, CrossCountry, Chiltern Railways, Heathrow Connect and Heathrow Express.
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Tackley residents invited to view and comment on proposals for level crossing replacement
Residents living in Tackley, Oxfordshire, have been invited to share their views on the proposed plans for the replacement of a level crossing in the village, near Kidlington.
Work on vital new sea wall stops for the summer to minimise impact on tourism and community
Network Rail will stop work on a new sea wall at Dawlish, in Devon, this weekend before resuming in September as they look to minimise the impact on tourism and the community during the peak summer period.
Work this summer set to bring improved reliability to Severn Beach passengers
Network Rail is carrying out vital maintenance work on the Severn Beach line in Bristol during July and August with work starting this weekend to ensure the continued safe and smooth running of the railway.
National Rail Passenger Survey results place Western route top of the class
New figures out today show that overall passenger satisfaction on Network Rail’s Western route has improved by four percentage points since last year, making Western the top scoring route in the country with a passenger satisfaction score of 86%.
Network Rail unveils proposals to protect vital south west rail line bordered by steep cliffs and the sea
- Proposals published for changes to the rail line in south Devon which needs to be better protected from cliff falls, land slips and damage caused by the sea during extreme weather
- Public consultation now open for local communities to help shape the final design of the scheme
- Five-week consultation includes realignment of the railway to make room for corrective measures to stabilise the cliffs
- The plans include improved leisure access and amenities including new, fully accessible, coastal walking and cycling routes
Have your say on proposals to protect section of vital south west rail line bordered by steep cliffs and the sea
- Local communities asked to help shape the final design of changes to the rail line in south Devon which needs to be better protected from cliff falls, land slips and damage caused by the sea during extreme weather
- Public consultation opens on 10 June
- Five-week consultation will include details of the realignment of the railway to make room for corrective measures to stabilise the cliffs
- The plans include improved leisure facilities and amenities including new, fully accessible, coastal walking and cycling routes
Information hub opens in Dawlish to keep community updated as vital sea wall upgrade gets underway
Network Rail has opened the doors to a new community information hub in Dawlish which will provide regular updates on how work to deliver a bigger sea wall is progressing.
Catch a glimpse of life on railway and find out how busy level crossing works
Members of the public are invited to attend an open day at Alstone level crossing near Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire on Thursday 6 June where they will be able to go behind the scenes and see how the level crossing works.
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