Fans of the famous Flying Scotsman are being urged to keep off the tracks when the steam engine travels through Wales this week.
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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Upgrade to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch station footbridge has been completed
Work to upgrade the footbridge at Llanfairpwll station on the North Wales coastline has been completed as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan, to deliver a bigger and better railway for passengers.
Across Britain, one person trespasses on the railway every hour, putting their lives in danger.
The Conwy Valley line reopens to passengers today after Network Rail engineers carried out extensive repairs following Storm Doris damage.
- Network Rail supports around 2,108 local jobs in Wales and the Welsh borders and last year £33.3 million was spent with 87 local businesses
- Arriva Trains Wales has committed more than £31 million to date to help enhance the passenger experience on the railway in Wales and the Welsh borders.
- £100 million spent every single week by Network Rail on improving the railway in Britain
Welsh Government Economy and Infrastructure Secretary, Ken Skates AM joined Andy Thomas, route managing director for Network Rail Wales, to see how railway improvements are benefiting North Wales.
Network Rail is inviting North Wales residents to a drop-in event to learn more about how Tyn Y Morfa level crossing, near Prestatyn, will be modernised as part of Network Rail's Railway Upgrade Plan.
South Wales passengers planning to travel over the weekend of Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 April 2017 are advised that no trains will be operating between Cardiff Central and Cardiff Queen Street stations.
The Conwy Valley line is expected to reopen in mid-April following weeks of extensive repair work needed as a result of damage caused by Storm Doris in February.
The final phase of the North/South Wales Enhancement project will begin on Friday 24 March, which will deliver essential enhancements to the railway between Wrexham and Chester as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan.