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The Western Route Study sets out choices for funders for Control Period 6 (CP6, 2019-2024) consistent with the strategic vision for the next 30 years for this vital part of the rail network.
The scope area of the study is extensive with the key axis being the Great Western Main Line which runs from London Paddington to Bristol and into South Wales. Extending from this are routes from Reading to Penzance, to Oxford, the Cotswolds, towards Birmingham and the South Coast. Branch lines into the inner and outer London suburbs, around Bristol, to the Devon and Cornish coast and dedicated freight only lines complete the mix of routes.
The study proposes means to accommodate the challenge of forecast increased demand for passenger and freight services over 10 and 30-year periods. It also identifies ways to increase capacity and capability to meet the service characteristics required to deliver the long-term Conditional Outputs from the Market Studies.
The document identifies a number of constraints to delivering the Conditional Outputs across the network, the most significant of which is providing sufficient passenger capacity into the major centres of London Paddington, Reading, Oxford, Bristol and Exeter.
A range of choices are identified for funders to address the constraints, including making best use of existing capacity, train lengthening, additional services and / or changes to infrastructure.
Western Route StudyWestern route study - draft for consultation Western route study, draft for consultation (alternative download) - please try this if you are experiencing difficulties with the document aboveWest of Exeter Route Resilience StudyConsultation responses