[Press Release]Our workforce will spend more than 7,700 hours during the festive period carrying out vital rail enhancements and maintenance, which will lead to better services and a quieter railway for our neighbours.
They are part of a national programme of more than £148m of upgrades that a 25,000-strong workforce will deliver amid our £50bn five-year Railway Upgrade Plan.
The railway will remain open for ‘business as usual’ as most of the network will be unaffected by upgrade work.
However, we remind all passengers to check before they travel because there will be some significant changes to services on the Wales route.
What is the Wales and Borders route?
It operates and maintains the track across Wales and the border counties of England. The route links the major towns and cities of Cardiff, Newport, Swansea, Wrexham and Shrewsbury, and provides connectivity in more rural areas.
To improve capacity on the route, projects in the route focus on modernising the railway, with electrification of the South Wales Mainline and re-signalling a priority as part of the national Railway Upgrade Plan.
How are we improving the route this Christmas?
Improvements between Cardiff and Bristol will form part of our modernisation of the South Wales Main Line.
Once complete next year, the modernisation will enable Great Western Railway’s new fleet of Intercity Express Trains to run between London and Cardiff on electricity. This will improve travel for passengers and create a better environment for those living by the railway.