Network Rail in Wales and Borders is urging HGV drivers to check the height of their vehicles following eight bridge strikes - when a lorry that's too big hits a bridge – in just seven days.
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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 urges farmers to work with them during hot weather to help stop livestock getting on to the railway
Farmers whose land is near the railway across Wales and Borders are being asked to notify Network Rail of any damaged fencing or changes to the location of grazing livestock. The call comes after an increase in instances of animals getting on to the railway during the recent hot weather.
Glamorganshire Canal bridge in Llandaff North, Cardiff, has reopened earlier than expected following essential repair and renewal work as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan.
Life-saving campaign launched as number of teenagers Wales and Borders accessing rail tracks doubles in three years
The number of young people taking risks on the railway track has doubled Wales and Borders since 2014¹. Across the UK, in the last 12 months alone, seven young people under the age of 18 have lost their lives and a further 48 people have received life changing injuries.
Network Rail will begin refurbishing Caerleon Road railway bridge in Newport this Friday (20 July) as part of its Railway Upgrade Plan.
Engineers have completed the reconstruction of Splott Road bridge in Cardiff, as work to modernise the South Wales Mainline continues. The bridge, which connects Adamstown with Splott, was rebuilt in two phases to help maintain traffic flow and pedestrian access - minimising disruption to the local community.
Residents of Hanwood have been invited to a drop-in information event next week to find out more information about Network Rail’s £200k investment to replace rail on the Cambrian Line.
Members of the Rhyl & District Model Railway Club were delighted to receive a piece of history from Rhyl No. 1 Signal Box, handed over by Network Rail last week following recent upgrade work in North Wales.
Network Rail’s Wales and Borders level crossing and maintenance teams have joined forces to build a model footpath crossing, helping them to deliver school safety sessions. The innovative teaching tool aims to provide young people with an enhanced understanding of how to use footpath crossings safely, by replicating the conditions of a working level crossing.
Key milestone reached in delivering vital rail safety message to school children across Wales and the Borders
Over 40,000 children from 1,000 schools across Wales and the Borders have received vital rail safety education in under three years.