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
Network Rail invites residents to find out more about planned maintenance work on Felhampton railway bridge
The work, being delivered by Network Rail, will involve replacing some of the structural elements of the bridge, improving drainage, cleaning the surface via a process called grit blasting and painting it. The drop-in…
Conwy Valley Line upgrade works
To deliver this upgrade safely, the line between Llandudno Junction and Blaenau Ffestiniog, will be closed from 21:30 on Friday 22 November until 10:30 on Sunday 15 December. Network Rail has worked in partnership with…