Get exclusive news updates on the Big Plans and Big Changes!

A rail network fit for Wales’ future

Big Changes in 2020

Passengers, communities and businesses in Wales will benefit from big changes happening on our railway.


  • £40 million train refurbishment programme in 2020 on Transport for Wales trains

Stations, tracks, depots

  • In 2020 a new station will open at Bow Street on the Cambrian Line, connecting a new community to the rail network
  • More than 200 ticket machines will be installed at stations, along with Wi-Fi


  • From January 2020, Transport for Wales will offer free travel for children under the age of 11, as well as under-16s on off-peak services when accompanied by a fare paying adult
  • A new Transport for Wales Railcard will save 18 year-olds 50% on all fares
  • In 2020 three new Community Rail Partnerships will be launched across South and West Wales

Major upgrade work

  • Electrification of the South Wales Mainline to Cardiff by January 2020 means for the first time, Intercity Express trains can run between London and Cardiff on electricity, cutting journey times for passengers
  • 2020 work will start on renewing Grade II listed Barmouth Viaduct, which provides a critical link for passengers travelling across Mid and North West Wales

People across Wales support rail companies’ proposals for change

The rail industry recognise the need for big changes, that's why together we submitted proposals for a radical alternative to the current franchising system to the independently-chaired Williams review looking into the future of Britain's railway. We proposed for a more customer focussed, joined-up and accountable railway.

See what’s happening elsewhere in Britain

Sign-up for news updates

Get exclusive news updates on the Big Plans and Big Changes

What big changes do you want?

Rail companies are calling for big changes but what matters to you?