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 Euston44 million passengers per year
Birmingham New Street42 million
Glasgow Central32 million
Manchester Piccadilly28 million
Liverpool Lime Street16 million
Watford Junction8 million
Coventry7 million
Milton Keynes Central7 million
Birmingham International6 million
Wolverhampton5 million
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