Guidance

Heart of Wessex community rail line

Community rail line service between Bristol and Weymouth.

Documents

Heart of Wessex Line: prospectus

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Heart of Wessex Line: map

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Details

The Heart of Wessex Line, also known as the Bristol to Weymouth line, runs from Bristol via Westbury to Weymouth in Dorset. It diverges from the Wessex Main Line at Westbury, and follows the course of the Reading to Taunton line as far as Castle Cary. The line runs through the old kingdom of the West Saxons, the ancient name of Wessex.

Route data

Region South west
Locale Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, Wiltshire, Somerset and Dorset
Stations 20
Length 87 miles
Journey time About 2 hours and 30 minutes — one way
Route type Primary / rural
Designation Service
Pilot project No
Designation date 10 October 2011
Partnership Heart of Wessex Rail Partnership
Operator(s) Great Western Railway

The Heart of Wessex route serves the following 20 stations:

  • Bristol
  • Keynsham
  • Oldfield Park
  • Bath Spa
  • Freshford
  • Avoncliff
  • Bradford on Avon
  • Trowbridge
  • Westbury
  • Frome
  • Bruton
  • Castle Cary
  • Yeovil Pen Mill
  • Thornford
  • Yetminster
  • Chetnole
  • Maiden Newton
  • Dorchester West
  • Upwey
  • Weymouth

Community rail designation

The Heart of Wessex Line was designated as a community rail service by the Department for Transport in October 2011. The designation covers the passenger services between Bristol Temple Meads and Weymouth. The stations at Keynsham, Oldfield Park, Bath Spa and Freshford are also the responsibility of the Severnside Community Rail Partnership. The designation does not extend to services to the north of Bristol Temple Meads on which these trains may also operate. Apart from Bristol Temple Meads, Weymouth and Bath Spa all stations listed on this route fall within the designation.

Network Rail strategic route plan

The Heart of Wessex Line has been identified as a part primary and part rural route within Network Rail’s west of England (K) strategic route plan.

The Heart of Wessex Rail Partnership

The Heart of Wessex Rail Partnership was formed in 2003 to support and promote the line.

Published 1 October 2014