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
Alok Sharma MP welcomes development work starting to improve accessibility for Tilehurst station
Passengers at Tilehurst, in Berkshire, could be set to benefit from lifts on all four platforms after Network Rail signalled their intent to develop plans for step-free access at the station.
Network Rail to carry out vital signalling work in Bristol ahead of the introduction of more frequent services this winter
Passengers in the Bristol area are advised to check before travelling over the next two weekends (26-27 October and Sunday 3 November) as Network Rail carries out important signalling work in the area, paving the way for the introduction of more frequent services from December as part of the biggest timetable change in 40 years.
Network Rail invites local children to help decorate Dawlish sea wall hoardings
Network Rail is inviting schoolchildren in Dawlish, Devon, to take part in an art competition that will brighten up hoardings around the new sea wall works close to Dawlish station.
Residents invited to find out more about essential repairs to Waltham Road bridge in Twyford
Residents in Twyford, near Reading, are invited to attend a Network Rail drop-in session on Tuesday 24 September to find out more about upcoming work to repair the steel and masonry on Waltham Road bridge.
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.
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