The thumbnail maps on each of the WalesRails pages now all
indicate the location of the route or railway covered by that page, a facility previously
restricted to preserved railways only.
National Network times
The period of validity of published timetables has changed and do not fall
into their usual Summer and winter designations. The current timetables run from
May 18 to September 7 2014. (Some timetables are valid until
December 13 2014. Check the dates given on the respective pages.)
- Wales and Borders and Cardiff Railway Company services in Wales are now operated by
Arriva Trains Wales which took over the franchise on December 7 2003. These pages have
expanded so much that they tend to take some time to load. Both sites have now been split
into two sections, so that the visitor can hasten access by choosing which section to open.
For those with faster connections, the full version remains available.
- Arriva Trains Wales now serves a new station at Llanharan on the
mainline between Cardiff and Bridgend, and Energlyn and Churchill Park on
the Rhymney branch
- On February 6 2008, the Western Valleys Branch between
Ebbw Vale and Cardiff opened.
- Wrexham and Shropshire Train Company began services between Wrexham and
London Marylebone on May 28 2008, and on December 8 introduced a more
frequent service and cut the fastest service by 28 minutes. Unfortunately,
the company has folded, and its last services ran on January 29 2011.
- On December 15 2008, Arriva Trains Wales introduced an early-morning
service between Holyhead and Cardiff which cuts the journey time to
four-and-a-half hours by running nonstop between Shrewsbury and Newport.
Finally, the usual reminders
- In response to the FAQ: Is it possible to make a circular tour of Wales using the
railway? The answer is yes and no. There are two 'loops' of track - one in North Wales,
and the other in the south, linked by a length of common track, but rather than a circular
tour it is more like a grotesquely-shaped figure-of-eight. Another possible objection is
that about a fifth of the 500-mile circumnavigation takes place in England. However, you
can judge for yourself by accessing WalesRails: the Grand
- The impact of transport on the environment is considered briefly in Railways and Green Issues: while details of the Greenway scheme, designed to promote sustainable tourism in
South Pembrokeshire, can also be found
- As well as selecting by category/location, information on routes and locations can also
be obtained by selecting the Gazetteer of stations,
which lists stations in alphabetical order with links to the page where further details
will be found, or selecting Routes and Branches
to access the entire national network, which is broken down into shorter sections, with
links to the relevant WalesRails page.
- Freedom of Wales Flexi-Pass tickets allow bus
and rail travel throughout Wales, and free or discounted admission to a number of
attractions, including eight preserved railways.
While it is believed that all links have been tested and are working properly, there
will be inevitably some that may have been missed, or may have been broken during the update
process. Notification of any problems would be welcomed by the author at WalesRails. Thanks! and enjoy your
journeys on the railways of Wales.
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