The Line

The West Coast Main Line is Europe’s busiest mixed-traffic railway, delivering:

  • 35 million intercity journeys per year
  • Commuter services sustaining the economies of UK’s biggest cities
  • Key local and regional links
  • Strategic freight capacity

The West Coast Main Line carries more intercity trains per hour than any other high speed line in Europe, and over 40% of all UK freight trains use the line at some point on their journey.

The West Coast Main Line provides direct rail services to nearly 100 stations, with connections to many more.

The busiest stations on the line are:

London Euston 44 million passengers per year
Birmingham New Street 42 million
Glasgow Central 32 million
Manchester Piccadilly 28 million
Liverpool Lime Street 16 million
Watford Junction 8 million
Coventry 7 million
Milton Keynes Central 7 million
Birmingham International 6 million
Wolverhampton 5 million