RESIDENTS can voice their concerns about the South Wales Mainline railway electrification as Network Rail hosts a community session in Newport.

A session will be held on 11th April outside Maindee Library, from 3pm to 7pm. A session was also held on Thursday.

Staff will be on-hand to discuss how the work – taking place over Easter weekend - will affect residents and commuters.

Dan Tipper, project director at Network Rail, said: “These community engagement sessions are an ideal opportunity for anyone with questions to come along and find out more about the project.

“We would like to thank our lineside neighbours for their ongoing patience as we work to complete this upgrade project.”


A 700-strong team will install foundations, masts and overhead wires to carry the electricity to power new bi-mode trains - which run on diesel and electricity.

Network rail said this will create a quieter and greener environment for lineside neighbours, with more seats and a faster service for passengers.

Bus replacement services will operate between Newport and Bristol Parkway, Chepstow and Gloucester from 19th April to 22nd April. Passengers are advised to check before travelling.