- Wessex Main Line
The Wessex Main Line is the railway line from
Bristol Temple Meadsto Southampton. Diverging from this route is the Heart of Wessex Linefrom Westbury to Weymouth.
The places served are listed below.
Great Western Main Linediverges to Chippenham, Swindonand London Paddington
Heart of Wessex Linediverges to Weymouth
*Mottisfont & Dunbridge
Eastleigh to Romsey Linediverges to Chandler's Fordand Eastleigh
Passenger services are currently operated by
First Great Westernlocal services, supplemented by South West Trainsbetween Salisbury and Bristol Temple Meads, and First Great Westernhigh speed express services between Bristoland Bath. Many services continue beyond Southampton along the West Coastway Lineto Portsmouth Harbour and Brighton, and beyond Bristol to Newportand Cardiffalong the South Wales Main Line. Strong passenger growth meant that Wessex Trains increased train lengths from 2 carriages to 3 in 2004, but the new franchise specification reduced them back to 2 coaches, with inevitable chronic overcrowding and passenger protest.
There is a link from
Trowbridgeto Chippenham, with an intermediate stop at Melksham. Despite showing strong passenger growth in the previous few years, the new franchise reduced (in Dec 2006) services to 2 each way per day, at times barely convenient for commuters.
* [http://www.savethetrain.org.uk/ www.savethetrain.org.uk] –Melksham-based campaign to maintain services on the Chippenham branch
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