Network Rail has celebrated winning a national award for the restoration of Pantyffynnon Station, thanks to input from the local community. Local carpentry students were able to work alongside the team in restoring the building, helped by the local community, who sent in pictures of the original station, ensuring it was restored sympathetically.
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Network Rail Wales route operates and maintains 923 miles of track across Wales and the border counties of England. Over 1340 trains run per day connecting towns and cities as well as providing connectivity in more rural areas.
The railway in Wales has been a success story with passenger growth of close to 50% over the last 10 years. With rail travel expected to continue growing significantly over the next 30 years, the number of journeys to and from Cardiff Central station, for example, is forecast to grow from 13 million to 33 million by 2043. The recently published Wales Route Study sets 14 ‘choices for funders’ to help accommodate this rising demand, including plans for a major re-development of Cardiff Central.
Latest news for this region
Residents are reminded that Splott Road bridge will be closed from 4 February while Network Rail carries out modernisation work. This is part of its Railway Upgrade Plan to improve journeys for passengers.
Rail staff across Wales and Borders are backing Samaritans’ bid to turn ‘Blue Monday’ into ‘Brew Monday’ on 15 January, by helping get people together for tea and a chat, on what has been dubbed ‘the most difficult day of the year’.
Engineers will begin track modernisation work in Flint later this month as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan.
The theft of railway cables caused over 10,000 minutes of delays to passengers across Wales and Borders in 2017 - a 240% increase on the previous year.
Revellers in Wales and Borders warned to “keep a clear head” around the rail network over the festive season
Passengers at stations across Wales and Borders are being invited to try out special ‘beer goggles’ which replicate the visual effects of drinking too much alcohol, as part of a campaign to highlight the dangers of intoxication when travelling on the rail network.
Enhancement works at Abergele and Pensarn station in North Wales have been completed by Network Rail.
Three lucky children took a festive train trip with Santa on the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways on Sunday [10 December] after winning a rail safety poster competition organised by Network Rail’s local level crossing team.
Upgrade work is taking place in the New Year at Penhelig Railway Station in Aberdyfi.
Network Rail hosted its largest ever event at the National Assembly for Wales, celebrating the economic impact of the railway across Wales and Borders.