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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.

Map showing West Coast South route
James Dean, Route Director, West Coast South

James Dean
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

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