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
REMINDER! Guildford’s railway set for new footbridge, plus upgraded track and signalling this Easter
Between Friday 2 and Monday 5 April, work will take place in Guildford, Godalming, Gomshall and Shalford to improve the railway’s reliability and improve train services. As a result all lines through Guildford will close,…
REMINDER! New signals for Kingston, Richmond and Twickenham set to improve train services in South West London this Easter
As a result of this work, the line from New Malden to Shepperton will be closed from the evening of Thursday 1 April, with the last service leaving London Waterloo for Shepperton at 6:42pm. The…
Major railway track renewal through Brockenhurst station, Hampshire, means changes to trains and diversions for motorists
Signed diversions will be in place between 00:01 Saturday 10 April to 12:00 Sunday 11 April 2021 and 00:30 Sunday 25 April to 05:00 Monday 26 April while the A337 is closed. Passengers, neighbours and…