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
Railway worker recognised in New Year’s Honours list for improving inclusivity
Project operations interface specialist, Shane Andrews MBE, has worked tirelessly over the years, to increase LGBT+ awareness among his Network Rail colleagues and empowering them to celebrate diversity in the workplace. In 2018, Shane, quickly…
Work to remove diesel affected soils from the Llangennech fuel spill site has begun
Specialist environmental contractors Adler and Allan and Jacobs are carrying out the complex operation. They will be working around the clock for the coming weeks to complete the work safely and as swiftly as possible….
Passengers in Wales urged to check before they travel ahead of new timetable and Christmas upgrades
The winter timetable starts on Sunday 13 December with several changes to departure times on the Transport for Wales network to provide greater consistency for passengers. Meanwhile, Network Rail will be carrying out vital track…
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.