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We have been have informed as follows:

“This year we reach a critical stage of our work to modernise the South Wales mainline. Progress so far has included station enhancements, the reconstruction or modification of 29 Victorian-era bridges and the biggest upgrade of the Severn Tunnel in it’s 150 year history.

We are now focussed on the installation of overhead line equipment that will power the new bi-mode trains to Cardiff. The safety of passengers and our staff is a key priority and most of this work can only be delivered when trains are not running.

Between Monday 23 April – Friday 25 May, and Monday 25 June – Saturday 6 July we will be working on the South Wales mainline between the Severn Tunnel and Cardiff Central station. At various times, Arriva Trains Wales services to Ebbw Vale, Maesteg, Manchester and Holyhead will be affected with rail-replacement bus services in operation.

Further alterations to Arriva Trains Wales services include all Cheltenham Spa services terminating at Gloucester, and departure times will alter for services to Swansea & West Wales starting from Cardiff Central. GWR services will also be affected intermittently, particularly between 16 June and the 7 July when the Severn Tunnel will be closed.

We have agreed a comprehensive customer communications plan with the train operating companies to give passengers all the information they need to plan their journey. Providing the best possible customer experience is important and when travel by rail is not possible, high-quality alternative options and clear information will be provided.

Increased capacity and better, faster journeys on the South Wales mainline will benefit passengers connecting from other services across the country. Journey times between Swansea and London Paddington will be reduced by around 15 minutes, boosting the local economy and connecting people more quickly for work and for leisure.

Over 75% of our 770-strong electrification team based in Wales live locally, and hundreds of tonnes of Welsh steel have been used in the construction of new road bridges. Companies across Wales – from Alun Griffiths in Abergavenny to Road Rail Crane in Wrexham – have also played a crucial role in our supply chain.

We thank passengers and our lineside neighbours for their continued patience as we deliver the modernisation of the South Wales mainline which has supported jobs in Wales, upskilled the local workforce for the future and is part of a wider railway upgrade plan for Wales including electrification, re-signalling, new rolling stock and track and infrastructure improvements”.

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