This new route stretches from south of Crewe to London Euston, including major towns and cities on the southern section of the West Coast Main Line.
It is a key part of Anglo-Scottish journeys between London, Glasgow and Edinburgh via the West Midlands and North West, as well as providing commuter links direct to the capital through Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire.
It is the busiest mixed-use railway in Europe serving over 71 million people each year. It helps connect many of the major British cities outside of London and is served by Euston station, the sixth busiest in Britain.
With passenger demand forecast to grow by 12% and freight by 18% by 2024, the West Coast South route is home to several of Britain’s most significant investment infrastructure projects. These include East West Rail which will connect Oxford with Cambridge, and HS2, a new railway connecting London with Birmingham and the North of England. All of these are vital to Britain’s economy.
Find out more about how we’re meeting these challenges on West Coast Mainline South in the North West & Central region.
Route director, West Coast South
Main railway lines:
- the West Coast main line from London Euston to south of Crewe.
We work closely with local communities to promote safety by the railway. Find out more on our community safety page.
Projects along the West Coast South
Firm footing to make Kidsgrove station accessible for everyone
As part of the Department for Transport’s ‘Access for All’ programme new lifts and a footbridge are being installed to provide step-free access to all four platforms for the first time. Network Rail began the…
Multi-million-pound platform access improvements for Euston passengers
The current layout of the ramp to platforms 8-11 acts a bottleneck resulting in an uncomfortable experience for passengers. The £11.7m investment will see the access widened allowing more space for passengers to move from…
Engineering firms building HS2 make skills, jobs and training pledge in London
The Empowering Communities initiative aims to: Create jobs and offer training for those experiencing unemployment and homelessness. Help young people to develop new science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills and access apprenticeships. Work with…