Our Western route stretches from London Paddington to Penzance, through Bristol and up to the boundaries with Wales, Worcester and Basingstoke
The route incorporates the core stations at either end of the Great Western Mainline – London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads, which we own and manage. 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
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
Passengers are reminded to check before travelling to the West this August bank holiday
Part of the work taking place on Sunday 25 August is the electrification of the South Wales Main Line, which, when complete will enable Intercity Express Trains to run between London and Cardiff under electric…
Residents invited to find out more ahead of new Dawlish sea wall work restarting
Network Rail will restart work on 9 September on the new bigger sea wall which will provide greater resilience for the stretch of railway that connects the South West with the rest of the country….