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.
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Engineers will begin on a £2m programme of work next week, as part of Network Rail’s annual initiative to improve the branch lines in Devon and Cornwall.
Two rare types of plant will have a better chance to survive on the railway near Avon Gorge this autumn, as Network Rail and Natural England embark on a special exercise to help them flourish in the wild.
Rail demand on the Great Western is set to grow by 31% in 2019 and further investments in longer trains, more services and infrastructure will be vital to meet the boom, a draft proposal by the rail industry unveils today.
The transformation of the railway in Devon and Cornwall will be advanced with further investments in improving rail connectivity, a draft proposal by the rail industry unveils today.
Preparatory work on the North Cotswold line is progressing on target, and Network Rail expects services to return to normal after the August bank holiday.
Let someone else do the driving this bank holiday, say rail leaders from the Welsh Assembly Government, Network Rail and Arriva Train Wales. Holiday makers are urged to leave their cars at home and enjoy a rail experience without risking long delays on the road this bank holiday.