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En­hance­ments wish­list pub­lished

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The Welsh Govern­ment re­leased its Main­line rail­way en­hance­ment re­quire­ments re­port on Novem­ber 23, de­tail­ing where it be­lieves in­vest­ment is needed.

A pri­or­ity is the over­crowded ser­vice between Bris­tol Tem­ple Meads and Cardiff Cen­tral, which it likens to Manch­ester-Leeds. The Welsh Govern­ment says that while Bris­tol-Cardiff has two trains per hour, Manch­ester-Leeds has six.

It also high­lights the lack of in­vest­ment planned for the Welsh route com­pared with the planned £3 bil­lion Tran­sPen­nine Up­grade and £30bn North­ern Pow­er­house Rail schemes, stat­ing that Net­work Rail’s es­ti­mated us­age for Bris­tolCardiff is ex­pected to be sim­i­lar to that of the north­ern route.

Slow jour­ney times from WalesLon­don and the 90mph speed lim­its on much of the South Wales

Main Line are also high­lighted, as are the poorly served (by rail) ar­eas in east Cardiff and New­port as well as the lack of a lo­cal com­muter rail ser­vice for Swansea Bay.

There are calls for more trains from South Wales to Bris­tol and Lon­don, while new sta­tions on the SWML could be served by a new lo­cal ser­vice the Welsh Govern­ment sug­gests (see sep­a­rate story).

On the North Wales Main Line, slow speeds are again an is­sue, as are age­ing sig­nalling and mod­est fre­quen­cies af­fect­ing ser­vices to Manch­ester, Liver­pool, South Wales and Lon­don. More ser­vices should in­te­grate with the North­ern Pow­er­house plan, in­clud­ing trains to Leeds.

Ban­gor, the line’s busiest sta­tion, also needs to be bet­ter served, while there are con­cerns about the 2tph Crewe-Ch­ester ser­vice ow­ing to ca­pac­ity and op­er­a­tional con­straints at the lat­ter.

Elec­tri­fi­ca­tion is urged for the North Wales Main Line, while there is con­cern that in­te­grat­ing HS2 at Crewe could af­fect Welsh ser­vices. All-stop com­muter ser­vices are sug­gested for Llan­dudno-Crewe/ Wrex­ham and Holy­head-Llan­dudno Junc­tion.

The Border­lands line (Wrex­hamBid­ston) is un­der­utilised, needs its 2tph dou­bled to 4tph, and must be able to of­fer a com­muter ser­vice to Liver­pool (not cur­rently pos­si­ble), given its close prox­im­ity to Mersey­side.

In West Wales, it is thought that Car­ma­then could serve as a park­way sta­tion for the re­gion, with faster ser­vices run­ning between Cardiff-Mil­ford Haven via the Swansea District Line.

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