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
Wessex passengers advised to check their Christmas travel plans
Across Network Rail’s Wessex route – which includes South West London, Surrey, Berkshire, Hants, Dorset and Somerset – there are a number of projects happening, and the work will particularly impact passengers who use Guildford…
Passengers advised to check before they travel if using Guildford station in late December
Between Friday 27 and Monday 30 December, engineers will be improving track drainage and strengthening Farnham Road overbridge by repairing its brick and steelwork. Between Wednesday 25 and Monday 30 December, Farnham Road overbridge will…