Passengers in mid-Wales urged to check before travelling in the New Year: Stock picture of track renewal -4

Wednesday 27 Dec 2023

Passengers in mid-Wales urged to check before travelling in the New Year

Region & Route:
Wales & Western: Wales & Borders

Work to renew the track near the village of Cemmaes, near Machynlleth, will begin after the festive period to improve the reliability of the railway.

Network Rail and its contractor Colas Rail will start work on Saturday 6 January with the track renewal completed over four separate weekends. They are:

  • 11:05pm Saturday 6 January - 5:55am Tuesday 9 January
  • 12:40am Saturday 13 January - 4:20am Monday 15 January
  • 12:40am Saturday 20 January - 4:20am Monday 22 January
  • 11:05pm Friday 16 February - 5:55am Monday 19 February

The work is being done over weekends to minimise disruption to services along the Cambrian line with Transport for Wales running buses instead of trains between Newtown and Aberystwyth when work is taking place. Passengers are urged to check before they travel and are also advised that replacement services may be busier than usual.

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey planner.

Nick Millington, Network Rail Wales and Borders route director, said: “This work is vital in ensuring we can continue to run a safe and reliable railway.

“We recognise there is never a good time to close the railway, but we have planned the work to minimise disruption as much as possible.

“I’d like to thank passengers for their patience and urge them to check their journey before travelling.”

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