West London Route

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West London Route
Southern 377203 at Kensington Olympia 02.jpg
A Class 377 Electrostar at Kensington Olympia on the West London Line section
TypeCommuter rail, Suburban rail
SystemNational Rail
LocaleGreater London, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire
TerminiMilton Keynes Central
East Croydon
OwnerNetwork Rail
Rolling stockClass 377 Electrostar
Number of tracks2
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Electrification750 V DC third rail
25 kV 50 Hz AC OHLE

The West London Route is a British railway line running between East Croydon and Milton Keynes mostly over the West London Line as well as over parts of the Brighton Main Line and West Coast Main Line.


On 2 June 1997 Connex South Central introduced a new service from Gatwick Airport to Rugby via the West London and West Coast lines using Class 319s.[1] In December 2000 it was curtailed to Watford Junction but extended southwards to Brighton due to the difficulty in securing train paths in the congested West Midlands due to engineering works on the upgrade of the West Coast Main Line, the service was shortened to terminate at Watford, and was discontinued and revived as a shorter regional route from South Croydon to Milton Keynes Central as part of the South Central franchise in 2009. Due to congestion on the West Coast Main Line, the service will not extend north of Milton Keynes.[2][3]


Services are operated by Southern connects the West Coast Mainline in the north to the Brighton Main Line in the south. Hourly trains run between East Croydon and Milton Keynes Central, with additional peak services between Shepherd's Bush and Clapham Junction.

Southern services follow the same route as London Overground, but pass through Willesden Junction without stopping as the mainline platforms were removed in 1962. However there are plans for these services to stop at Willesden Junction in the future which will mean building new main line platforms at Willesden Junction.


  1. "Connex Makes a Rugby Connection" Rail Express issue 15 August 1997 page 7
  2. Class 319 Kent Rail
  3. "South Central Franchise Consultation" (PDF). Department for Transport. May 2008. p. 36. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-08-08. Retrieved 2 December 2012.

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