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
Newport residents invited to drop-in event to find out more about station track replacement work
Network Rail will be working around the clock from 24 December to 2 January 2020 at the east end of Newport station to replace a significant amount of track, renew the switches and crossings which…
Residents invited to a Pembroke Tunnel drop-in event
The work includes essential vegetation management and rock netting in the area with work taking place for a week in December before the main work takes place in January and February. Ahead of the work…