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
Bath Spa
Hampton Row Halt
Bathampton
Bathampton Junction
Great Western Main Line
Bristol & North Somerset Rly
Camerton branch
Limpley Stoke
Freshford
Avoncliff
Thingley Junction
Great Western Main Line
Lacock Halt
Beanacre Halt
Melksham
Devizes branch
Holt Junction
Holt
Staverton Halt
Bradford-on-Avon
Bradford South Junction
Trowbridge
Reading to Taunton Line
to Reading
Westbury
Reading to Taunton Line
to Taunton
Dilton Marsh
Warminster
Heytesbury
Codford Camp Branch
Codford
Wylye
Langford
Wishford
Wilton North
West of England Main Line
to Exeter
Wilton South
Salisbury
West of England Main Line
to London
Milford Goods Depot
Alderbury Staff Platforms
Salisbury & Dorset Jn Rly
Dean
Mottisfont & Dunbridge
Sprat and Winkle Line &
Andover to Redbridge Line
Romsey
Eastleigh to Romsey Line
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Nursling
South Western Main Line
to Bournemouth and Weymouth
Redbridge
Millbrook
Southampton Central
Southampton Tunnel
South Western Main Line
to London
West Coastway Line
to Brighton

The Wessex Main Line is the railway line from Bristol Temple Meads to Southampton.[1] 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 Great Western Railway local services, supplemented by South West Trains between Salisbury and Bristol Temple Meads, and Great Western high-speed express services between Bristol and Bath.[2] 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, but significant overcrowding continues at 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 two each way per day, at times barely convenient for commuters. The service was increased again to eight trains each way per day (six northbound and five southbound on Sundays) from December 2013.[3]

History[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Le Vay, Julian; Le Vay, Benedict (2014). Britain from the Rails: Including the nation's best-kept-secret railways. Bradt Travel Guide. pp. 145–147. ISBN 9781841629193. 
  2. ^ "Rail Travel". Destination Wessex. Retrieved 19 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Timetable". TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. Retrieved 22 April 2016. 

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