Video (right) shows driver dicing with death at Shiplake crossing, Oxon
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
- Network Rail launches today a campaign to attract more talented women to the company
- Only 2% of the applications to Network Rail's apprenticeship scheme since its inception in 2005 are from women
- Among this small percentage of women who have led the way is Natalie Taylor from Swindon
Network Rail awarded the latest contract for its redevelopment of the railway at Reading this week, capping a successful year that has seen substantial progress on the scheme. The contract, awarded to Jacobs Engineering, is for the design of a new train depot on railway land to the north west of the station.
Network Rail and the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC), with support from Passenger Focus, today announced an initiative to further reduce the need for replacement buses at weekends and bank holidays.
The initiative will benefit passengers from Reading, Swindon, Chippenham, Bath, Bristol, Cheltenham Spa, Taunton, Weymouth, Exeter and Plymouth.