The Wessex route covers the major commuter area of south-west London as well as from London Waterloo to the south and south-west of England
This route is one of the busiest on the rail network, taking in all or part of the counties of Surrey, Berkshire, Hampshire, Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire.
Peak-time capacity is Wessex’s main challenge, specifically with on-train crowding for passengers to and from London. Passenger numbers on the route have more than doubled in the last 20 years, with over half a million people using it every day. There are more than 230 million passenger journeys on Wessex route each year, including nearly 100 million to or from London Waterloo.
The Wessex route also supports high levels of passenger traffic to and from many other important regional centres, such as Bournemouth, Southampton, Portsmouth, Guildford and Basingstoke.
Off-peak business and leisure travel has shown continued growth in recent years, and the railway through Wessex route is also important for rail freight, linking Southampton Port and Airport with the Midlands and North of England.
Route director, Wessex
Main railway lines:
- the South West Mainline from London Waterloo to Weymouth
We work closely with local communities to promote safety by the railway. Find out more on our community safety page.
Projects in Wessex
Passengers who must travel urged to plan for the nine-day closure of the line between Yeovil Junction and Gillingham
Engineers will remove thousands of tonnes of material following a landslip in December 2019 at Templecombe in Somerset that occurred following continued rainfall and will strengthen the cutting with stone. A new retaining wall will…
Upgraded Fareham-Eastleigh railway reopens to passengers with smoother, more reliable journeys
Between Saturday 23 and Saturday 30 May, engineers replaced just under a mile of single-line track on the line which forms part of the route from London to Portsmouth via Basingstoke. The team also took…
Major railway upgrade work completed in Kent, Sussex and Wessex over the Late May Bank Holiday
Supported by a large fleet of engineering trains, road-rail vehicles and specialist machinery, teams completed essential upgrades to track and improvements to stations. This programme of work across the Network Rail Southern Region will deliver…