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
Plans unveiled for remaining section of £80m Dawlish sea wall that will protect the railway and the vital link it provides for the south west
The plans for the latest section of the new sea wall, which runs for 415m between Coastguards and Colonnade breakwaters, includes a new taller sea wall incorporating a high-level wider and safer public promenade, pedestrian…
Increase in traffic on the railway network across the Western route means an increase in danger for members of the public
Network Rail has seen an increase in the use of footpath level crossings as people take advantage of the warm weather and take a walk or cycle ride as part of their daily exercise routine….
Signallers in Bristol help deliver 500 meals a week to those most in need of support
The Bristol Food Union is an informal collective of restaurants, local farmers, food retailers and community organisations that have come together during these unprecedented times to support Bristol City Council’s emergency food provision. The team…