Thursday 14 Mar 2019
Passengers in Wales and Borders urged to plan their rail journeys this Easter
Network Rail in Wales and Borders is urging passengers to plan journeys ahead this Easter (Friday 19 to Monday 22 April) as work continues to upgrade the South Wales Main Line.
Network Rail teams will be working around the clock this Easter to prepare the railway between the Severn Tunnel and Cardiff Central for trains to run on electricity. The significant work will include installing foundations which will support the masts needed for overhead line equipment (OLE) and installing the OLE along the mainline from the Severn Tunnel to the west of Cardiff Central station.
Once complete later this year, the major modernisation work will enable Intercity Express Trains to run between London and Cardiff on electricity, improving journeys for passengers and creating a quieter environment for lineside neighbours.
How are journeys affected?
From Friday 19 to Monday 22 April:
- Buses will replace trains between Newport and Bristol Parkway
- Buses will replace trains between Newport and Chepstow/Gloucester
Passengers are urged to plan ahead and check their journey at nationalrail.co.uk
Bill Kelly, route managing director for Network Rail Wales and Borders, said: “We would like to thank passengers and our lineside neighbours for bearing with us this Easter as our teams work around the clock to deliver crucial upgrades to the network.
“We are working closely with our train operating partners to minimise disruption, and while most of the rail network across Wales and Borders is open for business as usual, some routes are affected. There is also essential rail upgrade work taking place across Britain, so we strongly advise passengers to plan ahead.”
Colin Lea, customer experience director for TfW, said: “Essential upgrade work of the South Wales mainline will help build a faster and more reliable railway for generations to come.
“We work closely with our partners in Network Rail to keep disruption to quieter periods wherever possible and to minimise this wherever possible. Much of our network is unaffected, but customers travelling over Easter in South Wales should leave extra time for their journeys and be aware of how this work may impact their journey by visiting tfwrail.wales/planned-improvement-works.”
About Network Rail
We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.
Every day, there are more than 4.8 million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.