South Wales Main Line (bristol Parkway-swansea)

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    Jul 10, 2021
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    The South Wales Main Line from Bristol Parkway to Swansea is a 61mile (91km) route which would provide a wide range of services including both diesel and electric services, the time period it should be set in would be 2019 when GWR were in the transition phase of retiring the Class 43 from Paddington services and replacing them with the Class 800 having both run on the lines, the route would feature both high speed and local commuter services operated by Great Western Railway and Transport For Wales and would feature the 4 mile Severn tunnel (the border between Wales and England) between Bristol and Newport. The line would feature 19 stations including Cardiff Central, Port Talbot Parkway, Swansea and Bristol Parkway. and for much of the journey would follow the M4 motorway and pass over such landmarks like the Landore Viaduct over the river Tawe. The line is electrified as far as Cardiff meaning services that continue to Swansea need to change power mode. The route could also include the 5mile (9km) route from Patchway to Bristol TM. services are listed as bellow, some services would share the same stops, these will be divided with /
    (I may have missed some services)

    London Paddington-Cardiff Central:
    via Bristol Parkway-Newport
    Class 43
    Class 800

    London Paddington-Swansea:
    via Bristol Parkway-Newport-Cardiff Central-Bridgend-Port Talbot Parkway-Neath
    Class 43
    Class 800

    Cardiff Central-Portsmouth Harbour
    via Newport-Severn Tunnel Junction-Flinton Abbey Wood-Bristol Temple Meads/continues on to Bath
    Class 150/158/166

    Cardiff Central-Taunton
    via Newport-Severn Tunnel Junction-Pilning-Patchway-Bristol Temple Meads/continues to Parson Street
    Class 158

    Great Malvern-Westbury/Gloucester to Weymouth
    via Bristol Parkway-Flinton Abbey Wood-Stapleton Road-Lawrence Hill-Bristol Temple Meads/continues to Keynsham
    Class 158/166

    Bristol Temple Meads to Severn Beach
    via Lawrence Hill-Stapleton Road/continues to Montpellier
    Class 166

    Brighton to Great Malvern
    via Bristol Temple Meads-Flinton Abbey Wood-Bristol Parkway
    Class 158

    Transport For Wales

    North Wales-South Wales (Holyhead-Cardiff)
    via Cardiff Central-Newport/continues to Cwmbran
    Class 175

    Marches Line/Swanline
    via Cardiff Central-Pontyclun-Llanharan-Pencoed-Bridgend-Pyle-Port Talbot Parkway-Baglan-Briton Ferry-Neath-Skewen-Llansamlet-Swansea/Marches Line continues to Gowerton
    Class 150/175

    the line also sees a significant number of freight services to and from the Port Talbot and Llanwern steelworks, this can allow the introduction of the Class 66

    Rolling Stock

    Class 43 (layered if you own Great Western Express)
    Class 800
    Class 150
    Class 158
    Class 166 (Layered if you own Great Western Express)

    Class 150
    Class 175

    Class 66 (Layered if you own East Coastway)

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