The Wales route operates and maintains the track across Wales and the border counties of England
This route links the major towns and cities of Cardiff, Newport, Swansea, Wrexham and Shrewsbury, as well as providing connectivity in more rural areas.
The railway in Wales has been a success story, with passenger numbers growing by almost 50 per cent in the last 10 years. This growth will continue with journeys to and from Cardiff Central station forecast to increase from 13 million to 33 million by 2043.
To improve capacity, projects in the route focus on modernising the railway, with electrification of the South Wales Mainline and resignalling a priority as part of the national Railway Upgrade Plan. You can find out more about these projects on this page.
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.
We work closely with local communities to promote safety by the railway. Find out more on our community safety page.
Projects in Wales
Station Road reopened following completion of crucial maintenance work to Mynydd underbridge
Station Road reopened following completion of crucial maintenance work to Mynydd underbridge Station Road reopened on Saturday 14 September following a three-month closure due to maintenance work being carried out on Mynydd underbridge. The work,…
Cadoxton residents and passengers thanked as major milestone reached in station access improvement project
Over four weekends in August and September, Network Rail engineers and their principal contractor, Alun Griffiths, worked around the clock to successfully lift the new footbridge, lift towers and support columns into position at Cadoxton…