North Wales railway upgrade

We’re delivering £50m of investment on the North Wales Coast, all part of our Railway Upgrade Plan.

This major upgrade project includes installing a new signalling system from Shotton to Colwyn Bay and upgrading track, increasing the resilience and reliability of the railway in North Wales.

Track upgrade work has taken place across the North Wales coast railway line. Over four miles of track has been renewed and 24000 tonnes of ballast replaced at Mostyn. Enhancement works at Rhyl included replacing hundreds of metres of track and in Flint over 600 metres of new rail was installed. In Abergele over 500 metres of rail has been renewed and we have also adjusted the rail up improve the stepping and clearance distance between the trains and platform.

Track upgrade work has also been completed at Holywell, Talacre, Rockcliffe Hall and Llandudno.

Image 1: 24000 tonnes of new ballast has been installed along the railway line in Mostyn.

Image 2: Hundreds of metres of new track has been installed at Flint as part of the North Wales Railway Upgrade Project.

Image 3: Over 1500 tonnes of ballast has been renewed at Rhyl as part of our upgrade project.

Image 4: Track upgrade work in Abergele has now been completed. 

 

Tyn Y Morfa level crossing in Flintshire has also been upgraded to a manually controlled barrier with CCTV.

Tyn Y Morfa level crossing upgrade
Upgrade work taking place at Tyn Y Morfa level crossing.
Tyn Y Morfa level crossing upgraded
Tyn Y Morfa level crossing has also been upgraded to a manually controlled barrier with CCTV.

Approximately 147,000 hours have been worked on the signalling element of the project, 106 miles of new cable installed along with 54 new LED digital signals, replacing 96 existing signals. The new state of the art signalling equipment was commissioned in March 2018 with bi-directional signalling also now in place between Flint and Rhyl as part of this signalling upgrade. Improved signalling technology means more reliable journeys for passengers and fewer delays.

The new North Wales workstation
The new Rhyl workstation at the Wales Railway Operating Centre.

The project also included enhancements at Abergele and Pensarn station completed during 2017. Platform 2 at the station was extended using an innovative lightweight polystyrene-block solution to successfully overcome challenging soft ground conditions on site. A new LED lighting system, new signage, waiting shelter and bike rack have also been installed at the station along with work to improve the drainage and track layout alterations.

Recovery work along the North Wales coast will continue over the coming months including removing old signalling equipment, such as redundant cables, as part of the North Wales railway upgrade project.

Image 1: Abergele and Pensarn station enhancements.

Image 2: Bike racks and a new waiting shelter have been installed at Abergele and Pensarn station as part of the upgrade project

Contact us

For any comments or questions regarding the project, please contact our 24-hr Network Rail national helpline on 03457 11 41 41 or visit our contact us page.

You can also submit any questions or queries by email to CRWALES@networkrail.co.uk.