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Rail passengers warned of Christmas disruption

Rail passengers face significant disruption over Christmas as a number of lines are closed for engineering work.

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Network Rail (NR), which manages Britain's rail infrastructure, is carrying out up to 200 improvement projects across the UK during the festive period.

No trains will operate to or from London Paddington between December 24 and December 29 because of work to build the new Crossrail rail link.

That means Great Western Railway trains will terminate at Ealing Broadway.

There will be no late-night trains between Cardiff Central, Bridgend, Newport and the Valleys on Christmas Eve due to significant work around the Welsh capital to bring new signalling and tracks into use.

There will be further disruption from December 27th until January 3rd.

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Rail line between Barmouth and Tywyn reopens after viaduct fire

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Network Rail says the line between Barmouth and Tywyn in North Wales has reopened after a fire on Barmouth Viaduct last week.

The fire caused localised damage to one of the viaduct spans last Tuesday.

A small amount of remedial works will take place over the coming weeks, with work taking place overnight and at weekends when trains aren’t scheduled to run.

The pedestrian walkway has not been affected by the fire and will remain open for the duration of the work.

An investigation continues.

I’d like to thank the passengers affected by the line closure for their patience while we carried out these essential repairs, and I’m pleased to hear that the line has now reopened.

Safety is our number one priority and unfortunately the damage caused by the fire meant that we had no option but to close the line to carry out this work.

Our engineers will also be working hard over the coming weeks to undertake further repair work to the structure but this will not affect rail services.

– Andy Thomas, Network Rail Wales

Railway closed until next week after viaduct fire

The fire started early yesterday morning. Credit: Network Rail

Network Rail says the line between Barmouth and Tywyn in North Wales will be closed until next week after a fire on Barmouth Viaduct .

An amended timetable with rail replacement bus services is running

It is expected that the line will remain closed until Monday 10 October, as Network Rail carry out essential repair work to the structure. An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.

We know how important the line is for the local communities it serves. We’re working hard to repair the damage caused by the fire and to get the line reopened as soon as it’s safe to do so.

– Andy Thomas, Network Rail Wales

Man arrested over sexual assault of teenager on train

A man has been arrested in connection with the sexual assault of a teenager on a train.

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On Thursday British Transport Police appealed for information after a 17-year-old girl was assaulted on a train travelling between Cardiff and Treherbert. A 38-year-old man from Pontypridd contacted police and has been arrested in connection with the incident. He has now been released on police bail.

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Cap on rail fares announced for passengers in Wales

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The Welsh Government has announced that regulated rail fares in Wales will not rise above the rate of inflation until at least October 2018.

This means that from January 2017 the maximum increase that Arriva Trains Wales can apply to regulated rail fares will be 1.9% - 0% above the Retail Price Index rate of inflation.

For 2017, we have again determined that capping fares at 0% above the rate of inflation is preferable – providing continuity to existing rail users and ensuring that travelling by train remain sattractive and affordable. Rail fare increases from January 2018 until the end of the current franchise in October 2018 will also be capped at the rate of inflation and not a penny more.

– Ken Skates AM, Economy and Infrastructure Secretary
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