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
Swansea railway station sees biggest refurbishment in more than a decade
An investment of more than £7.5m in the station, which first opened 171 years ago this week, is the biggest in more than a decade and will make passengers’ journeys more reliable, comfortable and enjoyable….
Railway worker “overjoyed” to donate blood for the first time as rules for gay and bi-sexual men change
Network Rail project operations interface specialist, Shane Andrews MBE, is one of the first gay men in the UK who celebrated World Blood Donor Day on Monday 14th June by giving blood, for the first…
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.