- Detailed studies are nearing completion and design of possible solutions set to commence
- Community engagement to start in autumn
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.
Latest news for this region
Passengers reminded to check before travelling during the next phase of Bristol to Cardiff modernisation work
Passengers planning to use train services in South Wales between 16 June and 6 July are being urged to check before they travel, ahead of the next phase of modernisation work between Bristol and Cardiff.
Team Orange successfully complete culvert installation work near Exeter as part of £26.5m flood alleviation scheme for the south west
The Great Western Mainline near Exeter in Devon reopened as planned this morning following the successful completion of culvert installation work by Network Rail’s Team Orange.
Network Rail is providing funding for buses in Bradninch, Devon, to allow for vital bus services to be maintained during the temporary closure of Station Road in Hele.
- Local communities encouraged to help shape the final design of a potential new rail link from Reading and Slough to London Heathrow Airport
- Public consultation closes on 22 June
A temporary road closure will be in place at Station Road in Hele, Devon, from Tuesday 29 May as Network Rail is planning to carry out a flood resilience project in the area. Flooding has been a long standing problem in and around Hele, and a scheme has been developed which will not only reduce the risk of flooding to the railway, but also to nearby homes and businesses.
Residents of Oxford have been invited to a drop-in ahead of work to improve capacity and reliability through the city as part of Network Rail’s Oxford Corridor railway upgrade plan.
Residents in and around Pilning near Bristol are being invited to a drop in session about railway electrification work in the area as part of the London Paddington to Cardiff upgrade that will bring passengers faster, greener, more frequent and quieter journeys from 2019.
Track and train working together to transport Royal wedding well-wishers with up to 60,000 expected to travel to Windsor by train
Final preparations are being made on the rail network with up to 60,000 passengers expected to catch a train to Windsor this Saturday to celebrate the Royal Wedding of Prince Henry of Wales and Ms. Meghan Markle.
The second series of the behind the scenes documentary Paddington Station 24/7 continues on Monday 14 May, as the programme takes to the skies to join members of Network Rail’s aerial survey team whilst they check railway assets on board a helicopter kitted out with the latest thermal imaging technology.