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
14th century cave and drawings discovered during landslip repair works near Guildford
A team of rail workers delivering landslip repair works near Guildford have uncovered a small cave believed to be from the 14th century. The sandstone cave is made up of several sections ranging from 0.3…
Tonnes of vital supplies transported across the home counties are keeping the country moving during the Covid19 pandemic
Last week, 381 freight trains have carried goods such as fuel to power stations, food for supermarkets, medicines and household waste across the Network Rail Southern region and carried a total 261,191 tonnes of vital…
Preparatory works start this weekend marking the four-week countdown to Guildford Easter rail improvement works
Passengers are reminded to plan ahead as Network Rail will carry out the largest programme of improvement work in the Guildford area for 40 years for ten days over Easter with preparatory works affecting services…