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
Toilets at Reading station reopened following major refurbishment
The new, revamped, toilets have been furnished with high-quality materials and state-of-the-art plumbing systems to manage the needs of the 25 million passengers who pass through the station each year. Facilities for passengers with reduced…
Contract signing kick-starts a cleaner, brighter future for Bristol passengers
Network Rail’s plans have reached an important milestone with the signing of Taziker as primary contractor in a three-year refurbishment of the famous Victorian roof on the city’s oldest station. In the wake of the coronavirus crisis, the £24 million contract is good news for the…
Network Rail calls on more females to join the sector and inspire future generations
The celebration comes as today marks International Women in Engineering Day (23 June) and follows new research, which highlights a lack of female role models within Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) sectors. A Network…