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£10m rail modernisation in Wales and the border counties of England on track

27 August 2013  •  Author: Network Rail

Network Rail’s latest project to upgrade and modernise the railways of Wales and the border counties of England is now underway with a £10.5m investment to improve the railway between Wrexham and Shrewsbury.

Work in progress at Cefn Viaduct

Work in progress at Cefn Viaduct

Network Rail are replacing and upgrading ten miles of life-expired track between Wrexham and Shrewsbury with modern components. Network Rail will also re-align this stretch of railway to give a much quieter and smoother ride. As part of this major programme of work, Network Rail will strengthen the 165-year old Cefn viaduct with waterproofing works to preserve and protect the grade II listed structure for future generations.

Mark Langman, route managing director, Network Rail Wales

“This latest investment in the future of the railways across Wales and the border counties of England forms a key part of our modernisation plans to bring the railway across the region into the 21st century. It follows recent work to upgrade the railway and station facilities in across the area, such as Castle Foregate bridge and the River Severn viaduct refurbishments in Shrewsbury, the upgrades to Chester and Prestatyn stations and new lifts at Wrexham General. The next steps in the modernisation programme include our plans to modernise the signalling and control systems between Newport to Shrewsbury and from Fflint to Llandudno, starting in 2015.

All of these investments will deliver a real improvement to passengers with the potential for quicker and more frequent journeys on a network that is more resilient and reliable. In addition, a robust railway will also help drive economic growth across the country.”

The majority of the work has already been carried out overnight and during weekends.

Temporary service alterations

A nine-day line closure between Wrexham and Shrewsbury will help us complete the work quicker than planned:

  • Between 00:35 Saturday 24 August 2013 and 05:45 Monday 2 September 2013, replacement buses will be available between Shrewsbury and Wrexham General calling at all stations – Ruabon, Chirk and Gobowen

The entire programme of work will be completed by the end of September 2013.

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