Wessex Main Line

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Wessex Main Line
Bradford on Avon railway bridge.jpg
Crossing the river at Bradford-on-Avon
Overview
Type Suburban rail, Heavy rail
System National Rail
Status Operational
Locale Wiltshire
Hampshire
South East England
South West England
Operation
Owner Network Rail
Technical
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Wessex Main Line
South Wales Main Line (to Cardiff Central etc.)
Bristol Temple Meads
St Anne's Park
Keynsham
Saltford
Twerton-on-Avon
Oldfield Park
Westmoreland Street
Bath Spa
Hampton Row Halt
Bathampton
Bathampton Junction
Bristol and North Somerset Railway
(Camerton branch)
Limpley Stoke
Freshford
Thingley Junction for GWML
Avoncliff
Melksham
Holt Junction (for Devizes branch)
Holt
Staverton Halt
Bradford-on-Avon
Bradford South Junction
Trowbridge
Reading-Taunton line eastbound
Westbury
Heart of Wessex Line/Reading to Taunton Line
Dilton Marsh
Warminster
Heytesbury
Codford Camp Branch
Codford
Wylye
Langford
Wishford
West of England Main Line
Wilton North
Wilton South
Salisbury
West of England Main Line
Milford Goods Depot
Alderbury Staff Platforms
Salisbury and Dorset Junction Railway
Dean
Mottisfont & Dunbridge
Sprat and Winkle Line/Andover to Redbridge Line
Romsey
Romsey-Eastleigh Line
M27 motorway
Nursling
South Western Main Line to Bournemouth
Redbridge
Millbrook
Southampton Central
Southampton Tunnel
West Coastway Line to Brighton

The Wessex Main Line is the railway line from Bristol Temple Meads to Southampton.[citation needed] Diverging from this route is the Heart of Wessex Line from Westbury to Weymouth. The line intersects with the West of England Main Line at Salisbury, and with the Reading to Taunton Line at Westbury.

Places served[edit]

The places served are listed below.

Passenger services are currently operated by First Great Western local services, supplemented by South West Trains between Salisbury and Bristol Temple Meads, and First Great Western high speed express services between Bristol and Bath. Some services start at Swindon also. Many services continue beyond Southampton along the West Coastway Line to Portsmouth Harbour and Brighton, and beyond Bristol to Severn Tunnel Junction, Newport and Cardiff Central along the South Wales Main Line. Strong passenger growth meant that Wessex Trains increased train lengths from two carriages to three in 2004, but the new franchise specification reduced them back to two carriages, with inevitable chronic overcrowding and passenger protests. As of 2011, the service now regularly runs with three carriages, although with significant overcrowding remaining in peak times.

Chippenham branch[edit]

There is a link from Trowbridge to Chippenham, with an intermediate stop at Melksham. Despite showing strong passenger growth in the previous few years, the new franchise reduced services in December 2006 to 2 each way per day, at times barely convenient for commuters. This has particularly hit Trowbridge to London commuters, who now generally have to drive to Chippenham or Westbury for a connection to London if they wish to arrive at the capital relatively early. The service was increased again to 8 trains each way per day (6 northbound 5 southbound on Sundays) from December 2013[1]

History[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.twcrp.org.uk/timetable.html

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