The line between Barmouth and Tywyn in North Wales is closed following a fire on Barmouth Viaduct early this morning (Tuesday 4 October).
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 has announced that their Advanced Apprenticeship scheme is to expand by 50% in 2017, with new opportunities to join the scheme available across Wales and the borders.
New figures from Network Rail¹ reveal more than a fifth of people reported having a near miss or accident when using a mobile phone around the transport network in Wales.
Network Rail and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue service team up to test emergency rescue plans from 100ft high South Wales viaduct
Network Rail and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service have teamed up to test emergency rescue plans from a 100ft high South Wales viaduct.
A vital milestone in the work to upgrade Bridge Street bridge in Newport city centre, in preparation for a new fleet of electric trains, was completed at the weekend.
Rail passengers are being urged to check before they travel this weekend as all services between Cardiff Central station and Bristol Parkway will be affected by essential electrification work on the South Wales Mainline – all part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan.
The 130-year-old Severn Tunnel will close for six weeks from Monday (12 September) to upgrade it in preparation for a fleet of brand new electric trains, which will result in more seats and faster, more reliable train journeys – all part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan to provide a bigger, better railway for passengers
Network Rail has issued a level crossing safety warning urging the public to be extra vigilant when using crossings, while the Severn Tunnel is closed for essential upgrade work.
Hundreds of holidaymakers and young people have been educated on rail safety during a two-week summer roadshow along the North Wales coastline.
Young people warned of the dangers of playing on the railway following near miss at a Cheshire level crossing
Young people are being reminded of the dangers of playing on the railway after two teenagers stood in the middle of a Cheshire level crossing as a train approached, forcing the driver to come to an emergency stop.