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Easter Rail Improvements Signal Better Journeys for Passengers in Wales


Network Rail’s orange army successfully completed the planned upgrade of the railway in the Cardiff area over the Easter weekend and on Tuesday 29 March.

Despite Storm Katie doing her best to disrupt the £60m improvement works across Britain’s rail network over Easter, a record-breaking 450 engineering projects were completed on time, part of the company’s £40bn Railway Upgrade Plan to provide a bigger, better, more reliable railway for passengers and businesses.

The work in Wales focussed on the latest phase of the Cardiff Area Signalling Renewals project to modernise the Cardiff and Valleys network and was delivered on time by Network Rail engineers who worked day and night through spells of strong winds and heavy rain.

Improvements included upgrading track and signalling on the railway in and around Cardiff Central station, which will help to improve the reliability of the rail services in the area.

Paul McMahon, route managing director for Network Rail Wales, said: “Our team worked round the clock over Easter, in some difficult weather conditions, to deliver our Railway Upgrade Plan. These improvements will mean better, more reliable journeys for the record numbers of passengers using the railway in Wales.