Our Western route stretches from London Paddington to Penzance, through Bristol and up to the boundaries with Wales, the Cotswolds and Hampshire
We operate, maintain and are renewing more than 2,000 miles of railway, including the historic Great Western Main Line, conceived by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. There are 198 stations on the route, and we manage London Paddington, Reading and Bristol Temple Meads stations.
Following a 10 year, multi-billion-pound upgrade programme, we now operate electric services between the west of England and London for the first time. Working with partners, we have exciting plans to continue modernising the railway for the benefit of passengers and freight in every area we represent.
On this page you can find out more about some of our plans and projects, as well as links to the eight passenger train operators on Western route.
Interim route director, Western
Main railway lines:
- the Great Western Mainline from London Paddington to Bristol and into South Wales.
Projects in Western
Low-Carbon Concrete Turns Dawlish Sea Wall a Greener Shade of Grey
Network Rail’s coastal protection scheme on the south Devon coastline is benefitting from the latest in construction technology, with low carbon concrete being used to reinforce the new, bigger sea wall structure at Dawlish. Following…
Prime Minister’s delight as Carbis Bay station sign returned to former glory
The sign has been reinstated by Network Rail with their Chair, Sir Peter Hendy CBE, joining the Prime Minister at a ceremony held at the picturesque setting in Cornwall. The new station sign is situated…
Train companies operating on the Western Route
We work closely with local communities to promote safety by the railway. Find out more on our community safety page.