In an attempt to improve and upgrade the Wales and Border Railway routes, an announcement has been made that Network Rail Wales and Borders will make use of £2bn in Government funding.
This is a funding increase of 28% when compared to figures from previous years and so, the funding will be used between 2019 and 2024 where reliability will be improved and delays reduced.
This will be the first funding plan put in place between Network Rail Wales and Borders with funding going towards updating the existing infrastructure on the border routes as well as maintenance costs. This investment has been welcomed by the router managing director of Network Rail Wales and Borders because it comes at a time where levels of investment in railway are unprecedented.
This five-year plan puts the focus on passengers and freight customers, delivering a safer railway and enhanced reliability for those who use it on a daily basis. Transport for Wales has significant investment planned and when coupled with this record funding, it leads to an opportunity where rail services can be completely transformed for all those who live in Wales and the Borders.
Over the next five years, 398km of track will be refurbished while earthworks will be carried out in order to stabilise the railway when extreme weather hits. Network rail will deliver this maintenance and renewal work across the Wales and Border rail network.
The work will also include the Port Talbot resignalling scheme as well as the bridge and signalling renewals at the Grade II listed Barmouth viaduct.
Transport for Wales Chief Executive, James Price has said that the new rail service aims to change the views and experience of those who use the services by carrying out significant improvements. This will, of course, involve working closely with partners who are part of the process to ensure that project is delivered efficiently.
So, Transport for Wales is keen to begin working with Network Rail in order to make profess on delivering the best possible service for customers while improving and increasing capacity and the level of reliability.