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Level crossing users get safety reminder as additional Cardiff – Cheltenham services begin

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Network Rail is urging level crossing users to take extra care following a timetable change that will see more trains running on the line between Cardiff and Cheltenham, as well as changes to the timings of services throughout the day.

From today, there will be a permanent increase in the number of services on the line, which runs along the Severn Estuary, with 12 additional passenger trains running on weekdays and 14 on Saturdays.

Most of these additional trains will arrive at Cheltenham, with the others terminating at Gloucester owing to clashes with freight services.

From 3 July to 18 July inclusive, services that use the Severn Tunnel will be temporarily diverted via Cheltenham/Gloucester, owing to a temporary closure of the tunnel for essential track maintenance.

With the increased services and the Severn Tunnel work, Network Rail is asking people who use any of the 47 level crossings between Cardiff and Cheltenham to take extra care.

Nick Millington, route director for Network Rail, Wales & Borders, said: “We’re supportive of our colleagues at Transport for Wales as they increase the number of trains running between Cardiff and Cheltenham, and we’re delighted passengers will benefit from more frequent rail services.

“However, safety remains our number one priority, which is why we’re urging level crossing users to remain cautious and vigilant, to always obey warning signals, and to stop, look and listen.”

Luke Cummings, level crossing manager for Network Rail, Wales & Borders, added: “We know when people use a level crossing regularly, they often assume they know when trains will pass through.

“However, the new timetable means there will be more trains running at different times throughout the day, so I urge everyone to take extra care when using level crossings, no matter how familiar they are with them.”

Passengers are advised to check before they travel.

Image credit: Network Rail

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