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 warned to check before they travel this weekend as vital engineering work will close railway between Winchester and Southampton
Engineers will replace a set of points – movable sections of rail allowing trains to move between tracks – between 25 – 26 July and will wrap up the work on Sunday, 2 August. Passengers…
London Waterloo trials new high-definition colour screen to provide better passenger information
This is the first time a full colour LED display has been installed at one of Network Rail’s managed stations solely to provide customer information in a trial which is due to last until December…
Work to deliver car park improvements for passengers reaches the half way point
Fourteen stations have been earmarked for improvements including: Worcester Park and Witley stations in Surrey, Salisbury in Wiltshire, and Overton, Farnborough, New Milton and Hinton Admiral stations in Hants. Since the start of April, there…