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 unveils updated plan to protect vital south west rail line bordered by steep cliffs and the sea
Updated proposals have today (20 January) been published for a series of potential changes to a section of railway line in south Devon that is bordered by steep cliffs on one side and the sea…
Extra consultation event added as Network Rail shares updated plans to protect vital railway artery to the south west
Ten public events were already scheduled in the local area during the consultation, which runs from 20 January to 1 March. Following feedback from the community another has now been added with the extra consultation…
Public consultation round two: Have your say on revised plans to protect vital rail line between Teignmouth and Dawlish
Network Rail is inviting communities to share with them their views on further developed proposals to protect the vital rail line between Teignmouth and Holcombe. The stretch of railway between Parsons Tunnel, near Holcombe, and…