The Wales and Borders route operate and maintain the railway across Wales and the border counties of England
The route links major towns and cities, including Cardiff, Newport, Swansea, Wrexham and Shrewsbury – connecting people, businesses and communities.
We also provide connectivity to coastal communities and rural areas – including some of the most breathtaking scenery anywhere in Britain.
This is an exciting time for the railway: With the completion of electrification in 2020 – including through the Severn Tunnel – there is a now seamless electric rail link between Cardiff and London for the very first time.
We’re also supporting our partners at Transport for Wales as they deliver a £5bn transformation of the network in Wales: with new trains, more frequent, greener services, and improvements to stations across Wales and Borders.
Route director, Wales and Borders
Main railway lines:
- the South Wales Mainline from Swansea to Paddington via Bridgend, Cardiff, Newport and the Severn Tunnel
- the North Wales Mainline from Holyhead to Crewe.
Projects in Wales
‘Environmental disaster averted’ as railway reopens at site of diesel freight derailment
The southern end of the Heart of Wales line, which runs from Shrewsbury to Swansea, has been closed since August 2020, after a freight train, pulling 25 wagons, derailed while passing the small, Carmarthenshire village….
All change at Swansea station as reconstruction of longer platform 4 gets underway
The new platform will be 260m long, 13m longer than the original, to allow GWR’s new Intercity Express Trains to arrive and depart from it. It forms a key part of plans to modernise the…
Network Rail: Michelle Handforth appointed managing director of Wales & Western
Michelle has had a wide-ranging international career in several sectors including aviation, rail, maritime, financial services and the oil and gas industry. She previously held roles at Great North Eastern Railways as commercial director and…
Train companies operating in Wales
We work closely with local communities to promote safety by the railway. Find out more on our community safety page.