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
Plans unveiled for remaining section of £80m Dawlish sea wall that will protect the railway and the vital link it provides for the south west
As work progresses on the first section of the new sea wall at Dawlish, Network Rail has shared plans for the remaining section of the £80m project which will protect the railway, passengers and pedestrians whilst improving the long-term resilience of the line which links Devon and Cornwall to the rest of the UK.
Increase in traffic on the railway network across the Western route means an increase in danger for members of the public
Members of the public are being urged to take extra care at level crossings as rail services in the Wales and Western region have increased from this week, with freight services also subject to change at short notice. This message is aimed at those whose daily exercise includes using level crossings, the farming community, who often cross at level crossing/agreed points on the network, and those who illegally trespass.
Signallers in Bristol help deliver 500 meals a week to those most in need of support
Network Rail signallers in Bristol have helped deliver more than 500 meals a week during the coronavirus crisis to hospitals and vulnerable people across the city after teaming up with Bristol Food Union.
Devon economy handed £3m boost with more to come as Network Rail commits to using local businesses where possible
Figures released today confirm that an additional £3m has been spent locally in south Devon between June 2019 and May 2020 by Network Rail and its contractors as a result of the government funded project to build a new sea wall at Dawlish.
Paddington: A Year on the Tracks documentary series starts tonight
A special four-part Channel 5 documentary series starts tonight (14 May) at 9pm and goes behind the scenes to show how Network Rail and train operators keep passengers moving at London Paddington station and across the west throughout the different seasons.
Trespass warning after surge in incidents since lockdown
Network Rail is urging people to stay off the tracks as a surge in trespass incidents since lockdown started across the Thames Valley, south west and west has led to numerous delays for passengers, like NHS staff, who still rely on the railway to get to work.
Transporting waste on vital freight service helps to create enough renewable energy to power 50,000 homes
Household waste is helping to keep the lights on for 50,000 homes during the coronavirus crisis as Network Rail continues to move an essential freight service which carries waste from London to an energy plant in the South West.
Level crossing in Oxfordshire closes as new footbridge opens
A level crossing in Tackley, Oxfordshire, has closed and been replaced by footbridge as Network Rail continues to make the railway safer.
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