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: Wales and Western director, Mark Langman to retire
Mark joined Network Rail in 1986 on the Youth Training Scheme (YTS) as an apprentice. Since then, Mark has worked in a number of roles across the business, from managed stations in London at the…
Wales and Borders route of Network Rail calls on young people to access safety videos online
LearnLive, which already works with a number of schools across the country, allows free online access to videos on demand. They also follow and adhere to the latest online safeguarding guidelines. The videos were developed…
Network Rail calls on more females to join the sector and inspire future generations
The celebration comes as today marks International Women in Engineering Day (23 June) and follows new research, which highlights a lack of female role models within Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) sectors. A Network…