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
Network Rail teams up with local council to bring ‘Happy Street’ to Battersea
Network Rail’s asset protection team worked closely with the council to support the project and ensure its delivery in time for its grand unveiling at the ‘Happy Streets’ community festival last month. Peter Barron, head…
Wessex route gets ready for record-breaking heatwave on Thursday 25 July
Our network is made of steel track which absorbs heat easily. In direct sunshine rails can exceed 50 degrees, causing them to expand. In extreme cases, when rails cannot expand any further, they can buckle….
South Western Railway passengers advised to check before travelling this evening and Thursday morning
Network Rail engineers will be working through the night to fix the damage but services are likely to be disrupted tomorrow morning. A spokesperson for Network Rail and South Western Railway said: “We are…