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High Speed UK - Links to Wales

No dedicated HSUK routes are proposed within Wales.  


However, new and upgraded HSUK routes within the Midlands and the Northern Powerhouse will transform intercity rail links to both the North and South Wales coasts.


With this core network in place, HSUK will offer the following key benefits for Wales:


Intercity services from London to Bangor and Holyhead, with improved intercity links to Chester from Greater Manchester, Yorkshire and the North-East.

Improved intercity links from Swansea, Cardiff and Newport to the Midlands, the North, Scotland and Heathrow.

Cardiff directly connected by means of high speed, high frequency and high quality services to all other UK primary cities.

For further information please refer to:  


N01 HSUK National Network Diagrams

R04 HSUK North-West Rail Strategy

S01 HSUK CrossCountry services

S02 HSUK TransPennine services

S04 HSUK North-West Corridor services

S07 HSUK Heathrow services

T05 HSUK/HS2 performance compared for Chester




“HS2 modelling is shocking, biased and bonkers.”

Margaret Hodge, Chair, Public Accounts Committee


“No economic case for HS2... it will destroy jobs and force businesses to close.”

Institute of Economic Affairs

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