Network Rail has secured a budget of more than £2.4billion to provide a safer and more reliable railway for passengers travelling from London Paddington to the west.

The money will be spent on maintaining and running the railway between 2019 and 2024 across the Western route, which runs out of London Paddington to Thames Valley, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Bristol, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall.

The funding will help make the railway more reliable, safer and move more passengers than ever before with more than 140,000 extra train services running each year by 2024.

The funding will be focused on renewing and maintaining existing infrastructure to stop it failing, giving people more reliable train journeys in the future.

Mark Langman, route managing director for Network Rail’s Western route, said: “I am delighted with the funding for us to renew and maintain existing infrastructure to help us deliver a better service for passengers.

“By 2024 there will be more than 140,000 extra train services each year on Western route and we’ve factored in what we need to provide this level of service, including increased maintenance and operations support so we should also see improved performance for GWR.

“We’ll also have major schemes to improve reliability of trains, including upgrading track detection into London Paddington to reduce delays and some significant signalling lifetime extensions. We’ve got ambitious renewals plans including our flagship £40m project to refurbish and renovate the roof of Bristol Temple Meads.

“We know we still have much to do to improve train performance on our route and, working with GWR, this funding will help us do that for the communities we serve.”