Tuesday 5 Feb 2019
Swansea residents invited to drop-in event to find out more about upgrade work on the railway between Port Talbot and Swansea
Swansea residents are invited to a drop-in event to find out more about upcoming upgrade work to the signalling system on the railway between Port Talbot and Swansea, as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan for Wales and Borders.
On Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 March, Network Rail engineers will be working hard to remove old signal structures in the Landore area of Swansea and to bring into use the new signalling equipment, which will make the railway more resilient and reliable for passengers.
Buses will replace trains between Llanelli and Cardiff on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 March and rail passengers are urged to check before travelling at nationalrail.co.uk.
A drop-in event for residents and local businesses will take place on Wednesday 6 February from 3pm to 6pm in The Grand Hotel, Ivey Place, High Street, Swansea, SA1 1NX. No appointment is necessary and representatives from Network Rail’s project team will be on hand to provide information and answer any questions ahead of the work.
Mark Neate, project manager for Network Rail Wales and Borders, said: “We thank the local community for their patience while we carry out this essential upgrade work to the South Wales Mainline.
“We have been working closely with our partners to minimise disruption, including by ensuring this work did not take place during a Six Nations event. I would encourage anyone wishing to find out more about this work to come along to the drop-in.”
Colin Lea, director of customer experience at Transport for Wales, said: “This work on the south Wales mainline by our partners in Network Rail will help build a better, more reliable railway for the future on one of our key routes.
“We fully recognise that disruption is never welcome for customers and we thank them for their patience.
“Working closely with Network Rail we have sought to minimise the impact of this and we urge customers to check their journey details prior to travel.”
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.