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Conwy Valley line re-opens today

The line was damaged by December's floods. Credit: Network rail

Network Rail says the Conwy Valley line will reopen today a week ahead of schedule.

The line was severely damaged following flooding in late December. Network Rail says engineers and contractors repaired over 100 separate locations of damage along the line from Llandudno Junction to Blaenau Ffestiniog.

The scene that greeted us just after Christmas was incredible. Parts of the line were still underwater and where the water had receded it had taken much of the track-bed with it.

We started working immediately and put in place a programme to re-open by the end of February. It’s thanks to the amazing effort from all involved, working incredibly hard through challenging weather conditions, that we’ve been able to re-open the line for passengers ahead of schedule.

– Francis McGarry, Delivery Director for Network Rail

Arriva Trains Wales says from today a special timetable will operate with nine services operated by train and the remaining three service operated by bus. It hopes to resume a full rail service soon.

Free travel day for season ticket holders affected by strike

Arriva Trains Wales is offering customers who have season tickets compensation for today's cancelled services.

Those with tickets valid today will be entitled to a free day of travel which will be applied to their next season ticket when they renew.

Other customers with weekly tickets will need to fill in a refund form.

Arriva Trains Wales have cancelled all services today. Credit: PA Images

All Arriva Trains Wales services have been cancelled today due to industrial action by train driver unions over pay and working conditions.

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Train drivers planning to strike next week

Drivers will be striking on Thursday and Friday next week. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Train drivers from Arriva Trains Wales are planning 48-hour strike action to start on Thursday next week.

RMT has said a strike has been called after Arriva Trains Wales has been "dragging its heels" over a revised pay off for employees.

The strike will begin at 00:01 on Thursday 22nd October until 23:59 on Friday 23rd October.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash says "they've been left with no alternative" but to call strike action.

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