1. ITV Report

Five weeks of rail disruption start today

Credit: Network Rail

Passengers planning to use train services in South Wales between April 23 and May 25 are being urged to check five days before they travel, ahead of modernisation work between the Severn Tunnel and Cardiff.

Network Rail says there will be changes to some services to allow the work to be carried out.

Rail replacement buses will operate on some routes and there will be timetable alterations with fewer frequent services elsewhere.

More work is planned in late June.

This year we reach a critical stage of our work to modernise the South Wales mainline and we are now focussing on the installation of the overhead line equipment between London and Cardiff that will power the new bi-mode trains.

We would like to thank passengers for their patience and understanding as we undertake this essential engineering work. We are working closely with Arriva Trains Wales, Great Western Railway and other partners to ensure passengers are able to get to where they need to be during this period.”

– Dan Tipper, project director for Network Rail

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