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  • Engineering work and service alterations

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  • 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).

  • Rugby World Cup, 18 September - 31 October

    Certain routes and railway stations will be much busier than usual during the World Cup.

    We're working with train companies across the country to provide more frequent, longer and later services and all major engineering work on rail routes serving venues on match days has been suspended.

    Journey planner and more information

  • 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.