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  • Engineering work and service alterations

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    This year’s Christmas and New Year railway investment programme is one of the biggest ever carried out on Britain’s rail network, with hundreds of thousands of passengers and freight users set to benefit.

    New station facilities, longer platforms, extra tracks, new junctions and thousands of pieces of new, more reliable equipment will be installed and delivered in a £150m investment programme, which will begin late on Christmas Eve once the last trains have run.

    More than 20,000 members of Network Rail’s ‘Orange Army’ will be spending the Christmas holidays working on the railway across Britain to deliver the Railway Upgrade Plan, for better, more reliable journeys.

    Almost 500 individual improvement projects will be carried out at over 7,500 sites across Britain over the festive season this year, most of which will have no impact on those travelling at this time.

    On average, fewer than half the usual 4.5m people travel by train each day during the Christmas period. The work has been planned to take advantage of this relatively quiet time of the year on the railway, minimising disruption.

    Anyone travelling by train over Christmas and the New Year is advised to check their journey plans before they travel on the National Rail Enquiries website. 

  • Engineering works between Cardiff and Bristol Parkway

    As part of the Railway Upgrade Plan, we will be undertaking essential improvement work on the network between Cardiff and Newport and in the Severn Tunnel.

    This will have an impact on passengers travelling between Cardiff and Bristol Parkway on weekends from 31 October to 6 December.

    On the weekends of 31 October/1 November, 21/22 November, 28/29 November and 5/6 December, services between Cardiff and Bristol will be diverted via Gloucester, adding approximately an hour to journey times.

    The railway will also be closed between Cardiff and Newport on the weekends of 7/8 and 14/15 November so that work can be carried out as part of a project to modernise the railway in South Wales. This includes replacing ageing signalling equipment, enhancing track layouts, building new platforms and improving stations. During these weekends, rail replacement bus services will operate between Cardiff and Bristol.

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    The Severn Tunnel will be closed for routine maintenance work on the following weekends:

    • From 23:55 on Saturday 31 October until 03:50 Monday 2 November
    • From 02:25 on Saturday 7 until 03:50 Monday 9 November
    • From 02:25 on Saturday 14 until 03:50 Monday 16 November
    • From 02:25 on Saturday 21 until 03:50 Monday 23 November
    • From 02:25 on Saturday 28 until 03:50 Monday 30 November
    • From 02:25 on Saturday 5 until 03:50 Monday 7 December

    The railway will be closed between Cardiff and Newport on the following weekends:

    • From 01:00 on Saturday 7 until 03:00 Monday 9 November
    • From 01:00 on Saturday 14 until 03:00 Monday 16 November

    We're really sorry for any disruption we may cause and thank you in advance for your patience whilst undertaking this work.

  • North / South Wales journey improvements

    As part of the scheme to deliver journey improvements between North and South Wales, we need to undertake a series of engineering works on the line near Chester.

    This will have an impact on some train services between Wrexham to Chester and Chester to Rhyl.

    Some services between Wrexham and Rhyl will not be running, with bus replacements in operation on the weekends of:

    • 5/6 September
    • 12/13 September
    • 26/27 September
    • 3/4 October
    • 10/11 October
    • 24/25 October
    • 31 October/1 November

    All services between Wrexham and Rhyl will not be running, with bus replacements in operation on the weekends of:

    • 7/8 November
    • 14/15 November

    All services between Wrexham and Chester will not be running, with bus replacements in operation on:

    • Monday 9 – Friday 13 November

    Please check before you travel and allow extra time for your journey.

    We're really sorry for any disruption we may cause and thank you in advance for your patience whilst undertaking this work.

    Once complete, the project will deliver shorter end-to-end journey times between Holyhead and Cardiff, and will see four level crossings upgraded at Green Lane (near Saltney), Balderton, Pulford and Broad-Oak (near Rossett).

  • Engineering work

    For details about trains affected by engineering work go to National Rail Enquiries:

    Check a specific train using their journey planner

    Current disruption

    Planned engineering works by date

    Events, festivals and holidays

    Train times may be altered to accommodate increases in demand around sporting events, music festivals and other large scale public events.

    For details visit National Rail Enquiries holidays and events.

    Why do engineering works over bank holidays?

    We carry out maintenance and upgrade work every night of the year. The few hours access to the track that our teams get over night is not enough to complete larger scale work such as:

    • Replacing bridges
    • Changing track layouts
    • Upgrading signalling systems

    We usually have to close a section of the track for 24 hours or more to carry out this work.

    Much of this large scale work is done around public holidays because the railway is relatively quiet for a few days and the inevitable disruption affects fewer people.

    The improvements that we are making allow more trains to run, at higher speeds and also improves the reliability of the rail network, reducing delays in the future.

    For more information, see our page on maintenance and engineering work.