Western

Western: region-western

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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

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FINAL ELECTRIFICATION STUDY CONFIRMS BUSINESS CASE FOR GREAT WESTERN MAIN LINE

Wednesday 28 Oct 2009

A plan to expand the electrified network that would increase capacity, improve journeys while reducing costs and carbon emissions was unveiled today in a year-long study published by Network Rail. 

The final electrification route utilisation strategy also confirms the business case for electrifying the Great Western main line, backing government’s funding decision that was announced in July.

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GRADUATE NUMBERS DOUBLE AT NETWORK RAIL (READING)

Wednesday 21 Oct 2009

More than 220 graduates have joined the Network Rail team this autumn – twice as many as last year – as the company hires the talent needed to deliver a bigger and better railway. 

Among these young guns, five will be joining the Reading office to help grow and operate a safe and reliable railway across the western route.  Some of them will also be working on developing the Reading railway re-modelling scheme.

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GRADUATE NUMBERS DOUBLE AT NETWORK RAIL (SWINDON)

Wednesday 21 Oct 2009

More than 220 graduates have joined the Network Rail team this autumn – twice as many as last year – as the company hires the talent needed to deliver a bigger and better railway. 

Among these young guns, eight will be joining the Swindon office to help grow and operate a safe and reliable railway across the western route.

TRACKING PROGRESS AT AXMINSTER: Axminster station ready for the finishing touch

TRACKING PROGRESS AT AXMINSTER

Monday 19 Oct 2009

Improvement work to build the passing loop, which is vital to provide an hourly service between Exeter – Waterloo, is near completion. 

NO MORE EXCUSES FOR LEVEL CROSSING MISUSE IN THAMES VALLEY: Shiplake level crossing collision (1)

NO MORE EXCUSES FOR LEVEL CROSSING MISUSE IN THAMES VALLEY

Monday 12 Oct 2009

“I thought the train would slow down to let me through”.

“Lights?  No, I don’t bother looking at them, I only stop when the barriers start coming down – I wouldn’t want to damage the car.”

“I thought that the train driver was giving way to me when he sounded his horn”

These are just a few of the reality-stretching excuses given by people jumping lights or weaving round barriers at level crossings, as to why they flouted the law and risked lives in order to save a few seconds.

NO MORE EXCUSES FOR LEVEL CROSSING MISUSE IN SOUTH WEST OF ENGLAND: Car severely damaged after collision with train in Cornwall

NO MORE EXCUSES FOR LEVEL CROSSING MISUSE IN SOUTH WEST OF ENGLAND

Monday 12 Oct 2009
“I thought the train would slow down to let me through”. 

“Lights?  No, I don’t bother looking at them, I only stop when the barriers start coming down – I wouldn’t want to damage the car.”

“I thought that the train driver was giving way to me when he sounded his horn”

These are just a few of the reality-stretching excuses given by people jumping lights or weaving round barriers at level crossings, as to why they flouted the law and risked lives in order to save a few seconds.