Network Rail is hosting community engagement sessions in Cardiff and Newport to speak to residents about ongoing modernisation work to electrify the railway between London and Cardiff.

Over the Easter weekend (19 – 22 April inclusive), a 700-strong team will be working hard along the South Wales Main Line to install foundations, masts and overhead wires which will carry the electricity to power the new bi-mode trains. This will create a quieter and greener environment for our lineside neighbours with more seats and a faster service for passengers.

Staff from Network Rail will be in local communities in Cardiff and Newport over the coming weeks to speak to residents about the ongoing work and how it may impact them.

Events will be held in Cardiff and Newport on:

  • Thursday 4 April in Tesco (store level), Spytty Retail Park, Newport, NP19 4TX between 11am and 3pm
  • Thursday 11 April outside Maindee Library, Newport, NP19 8BY between 3pm and 7pm
  • Tuesday 16 April in Grangetown Hub, Cardiff, CF11 6PA, between 2pm and 6pm

Dan Tipper, project director at Network Rail said: “These community engagement sessions are an ideal opportunity for anyone with questions to come along and find out more about the project.

“We would like to thank our lineside neighbours for their ongoing patience as we work to complete this upgrade project.”

Residents are reminded that over the Easter weekend, buses will replace trains between Newport and Bristol Parkway/Chepstow/Gloucester. All passengers are advised to check before travelling at www.nationalrail.co.uk.