Passengers travelling between Newport and Bristol and between Newport and Gloucester are advised to check before travelling this Christmas and New Year, as Network Rail engineers work around the clock to modernise the South Wales Main Line.
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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.
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Network Rail and Transport for Wales Rail Services thank passengers following Craven Arms railway upgrade
Network Rail and Transport for Wales Rail Services thank passengers for their patience as normal weekend services resume between Newport and Shrewsbury following railway upgrade work.
Network Rail is urging people with an interest in engineering to apply for its Advanced Engineering Apprenticeship Scheme, starting in March 2019.
As part of Network Rail’s and Arriva Trains Wales’ joint plan to keep passengers moving this autumn, Network Rail’s fleet of specialist ‘railhead treatment’ trains are out in force across the Wales and Borders network.
Network Rail Wales and Borders and British Transport Police are urging drivers to understand the risks at level crossings after new research reveals over a third of drivers in Wales and Borders have never been taught how to use a level crossing, (34 per cent), leaving them more likely to be unaware of the dangers and more likely to take risks.
Passengers are being urged to check before travelling between Newport and Shrewsbury as Network Rail Wales and Borders will be delivering improvements to track and signalling equipment in the Craven Arms area over the next four weekends.
A £4.25m upgrade project will commence in 2019 to replace the Pembroke Road railway bridge and the Milford Road railway bridge in Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest, west Wales.