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Network Rail promise better service with electric trains

Network Rail say the go-ahead for rail electrification in the Valleys will mean a better train service and boost the Welsh economy.

Electrification will transform the railway in south Wales, making journeys faster, more reliable, greener and quieter. An electrified railway will also help support economic growth by creating jobs and boosting the supply chain when work is undertaken, as well as providing a building block for future growth. It will help reduce journey times and boost commuting opportunities, making Wales a better place to do business.

– Mark Langham, Route Managing Director, Network Rail Wales

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Network Rail: 'Trespass is just not a risk worth taking'

Figures show that despite most people agreeing it’s dangerous to trespass on railway tracks, a third believe they would hear a train in time to move out of the way.

This increases to more than half of 16-24-year-old males.

Too many people think they would hear a train in time to move clear - tragically we know this isn’t the case.

The sound of a train approaching is much quieter than you would imagine, with the wheels pushing noise out sidewards, rather than forwards, and distorting what you hear.

Trespass is just not a risk worth taking.

– Mark Langman, Network Rail Wales Cymru

Risking lives on the rails: 'Shocking' video released

A video of one youngster's near-miss with a train has been released as part of a new Network Rail safety campaign.

The clip shows the young man sprinting across the railway tracks at Crosskeys in a fruitless attempt to board.

His actions have been condemned by Network Rail Wales Cymru as 'shocking', with a spokesperson saying rail trespass is 'just not a risk worth taking'.

There were 18 fatalities here over the past five years and 27 near-misses last year, with incidents occurring both at stations and along the railway.

Plans for new station unveiled

An artist's impression shows the station when finished. Credit: Network Rail

The final plans to build a £5.2m new station to serve Energlyn and Churchill Park in Caerphilly County Borough will be unveiled today at a public exhibition.

The new station will be located between Aber and Llanbradach.

Network Rail says it'll open at the end of this year. Credit: Artist's Impression/Network Rail

Network rail says the new station aims to serve a growing community.

When it's finished it will be operated by Arriva Trains Wales.

The station will take six months to build. Credit: Artist's Impression/Network Rail

The Welsh European Funding Office has helped to fund the scheme, which has been developed jointly by the Welsh Government, Network Rail, Caerphilly County Borough Council, South East Wales Transport Authority (SEWTA) and Arriva Trains Wales (ATW).

Debris cleared following Bargoed derailment

The debris has now been cleared from the line Credit: Network Rail

Work to clear the railway line between Rhymney and Barry has been completed. It's after trees and debris on the line caused a derailment yesterday morning.

A spokesperson from Network Rail confirmed that all debris was now clear, and the track is now fit for use.

Work is now underway with Arriva Trains Wales to resume normal train services as soon as possible.

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Disruption continues after derailment near Bargoed

Trains suspended between Bargoed and Rhymney tomorrow

Arriva Trains Wales have confirmed train services between Bargoed and Rhymney will be suspended tomorrow to enable Network Rail engineers to clear a landslide which derailed a train this morning.

A replacement bus service and a temporary timetable have been introduced between Bargoed and Rhymney stations, with immediate effect.

The current estimate for the resumption of the normal timetable is from the start of services on Friday 1st February, subject to the successful completion of safety checks.

New photo of Bargoed derailment

The 06.10am Rhymney to Barry Island train derailed after striking debris from a landslip Credit: Network Rail

According to the latest update from Network Rail, 8 passengers and 2 crew members were on board the train that derailed near Bargoed this morning.

There were 3 reported minor injuries, which were treated at the scene.

The emergency services and Network Rail are on site dealing with the incident.

Trains on the Rhymney Valley line are starting and terminating at Bargoed, with a bus service running between Bargoed and Rhymney.

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