Network Rail is carrying out improvement work to the River Usk Viaduct in Newport as part of the Railway Upgrade Plan which will help accommodate growing passenger numbers.
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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 is teaming up with Arriva Trains Wales, British Transport Police, and other partners to remind the public to stay safe on and around the railway in Wales and the borders.
Tunnel Terrace footbridge in Newport will temporarily close to pedestrians this weekend – from Sunday, 24 September 2017 until early 2018 – while Network Rail carries out modernisation work as part of its Railway Upgrade Plan to improve journeys for passengers.
Network Rail is looking for 11 new apprentices for its award-winning engineering apprenticeship scheme to start in March next year.
Track and train brought closer together as rail industry creates new board to represent customers in Wales and the borders
Network Rail and Arriva Trains Wales have joined forces with Welsh Government and passenger representatives to create a new board bringing track and train closer together and ensuring there is one voice to represent customers in Wales and the borders. The board will work together to drive improvements and hold the rail industry to account.
The last of nine bridges to be upgraded in Monmouthshire as part of the Railway Upgrade Plan reopens
Rogiet Road bridge reopened to motorists this week as work continues to prepare the railway from London to Cardiff for brand new bi-mode Intercity Express Trains.
Railway upgrade work between London and Cardiff will affect journeys for fans travelling to the Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev fight in the Principality Stadium on 28 October.
Engineers have completed the partial demolition of Splott Road bridge as work continues to prepare the railway from London to Cardiff for the overhead wires and posts needed to power trains running on electricity.
Julie James, Assembly Member for Swansea West, visited Pottery Street Subway in Swansea city centre to see first-hand how Network Rail is working with the HigherStreet International to transform the area into a safer and more pleasant environment.
REMINDER: Passengers urged to check before travelling ahead of railway upgrade work over the August bank holiday weekend
Rail passengers are being urged to check before they travel ahead of essential modernisation work in Cardiff. The work forms part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan for Wales to improve services for passengers.