Our Western route stretches from London Paddington to Penzance, through Bristol and up to the boundaries with Wales, Worcester and Basingstoke
We’ve recently renovated both of these Grade I listed stations, replacing roof glass and ironwork and improving facilities.
The main challenge for the Western route is to provide enough capacity on the railway at peak times for growing numbers of passengers to and from London, as well as Reading, Oxford, Bristol and Exeter. Demand for freight is also expected to grow.
On this page you can find out about some of the projects providing solutions as part of the national Railway Upgrade Plan.
Route director, Western
Main railway lines:
- the Great Western Mainline from London Paddington to Bristol and into South Wales.
We work closely with local communities to promote safety by the railway. Find out more on our community safety page.
Projects in Western
Passengers urged to check before they travel ahead of £5million railway upgrade in Cornwall
In total nine separate projects will be carried out between Truro and Penzance and between St Erth and St Ives from 15 to 23 February with the upgrade providing more reliable journeys for passengers. Between…
Significant step towards more resilient railway as new Dawlish sea wall takes shape despite challenging conditions caused by Storm Ciara
Network Rail are installing a bigger sea wall in Dawlish, Devon, to protect the coastal railway line, as well as the iconic footpath that runs beside it, from the sea and on 9 February the…
Your journey on the railway starts here – applications now open for Network Rail’s apprenticeship scheme
Network Rail apprentices receive three years of expert training, earn while they learn and develop skills that are important not just for their future careers, but for life. When first entering the scheme, apprentices will…