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
Free parking for key workers at Network Rail stations and car parks across the west
Network Rail has waived the parking charges for all key workers from nurses and carers, to transport workers and supermarket employees as the country fights the outbreak of coronavirus. Free parking at Swindon is in…
Railway in Somerset reopens to help keep key workers moving
The section of railway reopened today (30 March) after a two-week closure where Network Rail replaced railway bridges, improved tunnel drainage and reinforced embankments. All nine projects were completed at the same time to reduce…
Key railway workers enable 370,000 tonnes of vital food, medicine and other supplies to be moved in a week
Network Rail teams have kept the railway open throughout the coronavirus outbreak and have put steps in place to ensure key workers can get to their critical jobs and to move thousands of tonnes of…