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Railway engineering works to take place between Cardiff and Swansea in March

Passengers are being reminded to check before they travel between Cardiff Central and Swansea on three Sundays in March when Network Rail will be carrying out essential track renewals.

The Sunday closures will see buses replace trains on a key part of the South Wales Main Line on 3, 17 and 24 March.

But, crucially for rugby supporters wishing to travel to the Wales v France Six Nations match in Cardiff on Sunday 10 March by train, services are scheduled to run on that day, which is also Mother’s Day.

In addition to the three Cardiff-Swansea closures, passengers are reminded that buses will also replace trains between Rhoose Cardiff International Airport and Bridgend, and between Cardiff Central and Maesteg via Pontyclun, on 17 and 24 March due to track renewals.

Nick Millington, Network Rail Wales and Borders route director, said: “We are working really hard to improve train service punctuality and this essential work is a part of our commitment to do that.

“We recognise there is never a good time to close the railway, but we have planned the renewals to minimise disruption as much as possible.

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“We are also conscious of the number of rugby supporters west of Cardiff who rely on train services on Six Nations match days, so there will be no engineering works on this stretch of the route on 10 March.

“I would like to thank passengers for their patience and urge them to check their journeys before travelling.”

Marie Daly, Transport for Wales Chief Customer and Culture Officer, said: “We know that disruption due to the engineering work is the last thing our customers want.

“However, investing in our rail network so it is safe and reliable is incredibly important and that’s why we’ve worked closely with our partners at Network Rail to try to impact as few people as possible.

“If you are travelling between Swansea and Cardiff in March please do check your journey details to ensure you are able to make your journey. We will be working hard to make sure all our communication channels have the latest information for our customers.”

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