£7.5m Cambrian rail line work agreed

Cambrian rail line at Pont Briwet rail bridge, Penrhyndeudraeth
Image caption The Cambrian line runs from Aberystwyth to Shrewsbury and Machynlleth to Pwllheli

Eight level crossings are being replaced in mid Wales as part of a project to improve safety and journey times on the Cambrian rail line.

The £3m project funded by the Welsh government paves the way for Network Rail to carry out £4.5m in highways and rail work between Newtown and Machynlleth in Powys.

Transport Minister Edwina Hart said the work allows the "potential for faster journeys and more regular services".

Construction begins later this year.

Ms Hart said: "This project will improve safety for pedestrians and access for farmers and local businesses.

"In addition, it will allow for the possibility of improvements to the timetable on the Cambrian line, with the potential for faster journeys and more regular services."

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