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.
Route director, Western
Main railway lines:
- the Great Western Mainline from London Paddington to Bristol and into South Wales.
Projects in Western
Passengers thanked for their patience as festive upgrades completed
The work is part of the Bristol Rail Regeneration project, which will transform rail travel by upgrading Temple Meads, improving the reliability of journeys and allowing more trains to run in the future. The festive…
Passengers urged to plan ahead and book early to support rail travel over Christmas period
With Covid restrictions eased between 23 and 27 December, services are expected to be busier than usual, so booking ahead will allow train companies and Network Rail to better prepare on services and in stations….
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.