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
Network Rail: Michelle Handforth appointed managing director of Wales & Western
Michelle has had a wide-ranging international career in several sectors including aviation, rail, maritime, financial services and the oil and gas industry. She previously held roles at Great North Eastern Railways as commercial director and…
Plans submitted for rockfall shelter extension to protect vital stretch of railway in Devon
The 209m long extension of the rockfall shelter north of Parsons Tunnel will help protect trains against falling rocks along this section of vital stretch of railway that connects communities across the south west with…
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.