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The Welsh Marches Line is the railway line from Newportmarker to Shrewsburymarker via Abergavennymarker, Herefordmarker, Craven Armsmarker, and then, either to Crewemarker and Manchestermarker via Whitchurchmarker or alternately via the Shrewsbury and Chester Line to Wrexhammarker and Chestermarker with services continuing to Holyheadmarker. The line in this way links South Walesmarker to northwest Englandmarker via the Welsh border region of the Welsh Marches, bypassing Birminghammarker, it is sometimes known as the "North and West route". Most trains to Chester, the North Wales Coast and Holyhead start from Cardiff, while many services to Crewe and Manchester now start from Milford Havenmarker or Carmarthenmarker and also serve Cardiffmarker and sometimes Swanseamarker.


The cities, towns and villages served by the routes are listed below from south to north:


Arriva Trains Wales runs services on the line and many continue to Manchester Piccadillymarker, via Stockportmarker or else to Holyhead via Wrexham and Chester.

The line is very popular for railtours, both steam and diesel. During Autumn 2007, 6201 'Princess Elizabeth' visited the route on 2 returns and 1 single run from Bristol to Shrewsbury and Crewe. Also a few railtours hauled by Class 37's and Class 47's travelled along the line during the same time of year.


Image:Welsh Marches Line, north of Craven Arms station 02.jpg|The Welsh Marches Line at Craven Armsmarker in Shropshiremarker.Image:Approaching Harlescott Crossing.jpg|Steam train approaching Harlescottmarker Crossing near Shrewsburymarker.Image:Marches_Line_Battlefield.jpg|A Class 158 DMU running northwards from Shrewsburymarker in the direction of Crewemarker.

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