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
Network Rail: Wales and Western director, Mark Langman to retire
Mark joined Network Rail in 1986 on the Youth Training Scheme (YTS) as an apprentice. Since then, Mark has worked in a number of roles across the business, from managed stations in London at the…
Travel safer and quicker at Paddington station as new entrance/exit opens
It will improve the flow of passengers, reduce travelling time through the station and help maintain social distancing. The new access is located near platform one, next to Sainsbury’s and the ticket office, and opens…
Dozens of railway workers help get hospital ready to treat patients across the south west
The Nightingale Hospital in Sowton Industrial Estate is now ready to treat patients following a huge effort by volunteers, including Network Rail workers, to turn the former Homebase store into a modern hospital. Initially, the…