The new Southern region serves passengers and freight operators from Devon in the West to Kent in the East and links Wessex, Sussex and Kent as well as Network Rail High Speed.
With over 5,800 employees, the Southern region is responsible for more than 700 million passenger journeys each year. Over the next five years the region will invest £6.3 billion to operate, maintain and renew the railway. Over 7000 passenger and freight services operate on the region every week day – more than a third of Britain’s rail services. We move over 266,000 tonnes of freight each week and own and maintain 3,300 miles of track, 4986 bridges, 895 level crossings and 7990 signals.
The Southern region links major towns and cities including Bournemouth, Southampton, Portsmouth, Brighton, Canterbury, Ashford and Dover. The region is critical to London’s transport south of the Thames, and is responsible for the major London stations of Waterloo, Clapham Junction, London Bridge, Victoria, Charing Cross and Cannon Street.
We operate the busiest and most congested rail lines in the country, transporting large numbers of commuters to London and other employment hubs. We serve channel routes to Europe, major ports and Gatwick and Southampton airports, and we transport large numbers of leisure travellers to south coast resorts and other tourist destinations.
Managing director, Southern region
Southern region in numbers
- 700 million annual rail passenger journeys
- Over 7,000 passenger and freight services every weekday – more than a third of Britain’s rail services
- Southern region moves over 266,000 tonnes of freight, using nearly 500 freight train movements, each week
- We own and maintain 3,300 miles of track, 4,986 bridges, 895 level crossings and 7,990 signals
Routes in Southern Region
We are dedicated to putting passengers first and to delivering a step-change in the quality of the service we provide them. Key projects include:
- Transforming the passenger experience at our managed stations through our ‘one team’ approach with train operators
- Redeveloping Gatwick Airport station to provide more capacity
- Unblocking bottlenecks at Croydon and Woking
- Major re-signalling schemes to bring us into the 21st century
- Major investment to improve the resilience of the railway across the region
- Working with the Department for Transport and third-party investors to deliver passenger improvements.
Flooding at Sway means reduced services between Winchester and London Waterloo on Monday 17 February
Network Rail and South Western Railway (SWR) are advising passengers to check before travelling tomorrow, Monday 17 February, as flooding at Sway will mean a reduced number of services between Winchester and London Waterloo. Other…
Storm Ciara: Severe disruption expected across South – please check before you travel
As a result of the potential danger from fallen trees and other debris landing on the railway, a 50mph speed restriction on trains has been planned to cover every line* in the Region, which include…
Passengers advised to plan ahead this Easter with Guildford area set for 10 days of improvement work
Network Rail will carry out a large programme of improvement work in the Guildford area over Easter to provide a more reliable railway and better performing train services. The junction at Guildford was last upgraded…