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Railway 'closed until further notice' after Storm Doris damage

Network Rails says the Conwy Valley line will remain closed until further notice, after investigations revealed the extent of the damage caused by a tree falling on the line during Storm Doris last week.

Storm Doris hit Wales with gusts up to 94mph. Credit: Network Rail

The line has remained shut since Thursday 23 February, when a tree fell on the line and disturbed vegetation on the rock face next to the railway at Blaenau Ffestiniog.

The line has remained shut since Thursday. Credit: Network Rail

We’re working hard to repair the rock face and get the line reopened as soon as it is safe to do so. The safety of passengers and our workforce is our number one priority. Due to the challenging weather conditions following Storm Doris, we made the decision that it would be unsafe to access the site until a full assessment of the rock face had taken place.

The aerial investigation allowed us to assess the affected area safely, and we are now carrying out de-vegetation work on the rock face. Once this has been completed we will carry out a more detailed evaluation of the site and put an extensive repair programme in place.

– Chris Howchin, Network Rail Wales

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

Suspicious item which brought rail chaos was not unexploded bomb.

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A suspicious item which brought chaos to the South Wales rail network was not an unexploded bomb, Network Rail has said.

Services between Cardiff and Newport were delayed for hours, leaving scores of passengers forced to take replacement bus services because of the scare.

But rather than a potentially-deadly wartime relic, explosives experts determined the object was a type of excavation equipment, a Network Rail spokesman said.

All Arriva trains travelling between the two stops had been halted after the discovery was made at around 3.30pm by the tracks near Ebbw junction.

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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

More disruption for rail passengers in south Wales

Rail passengers are being urged to check before they travel this weekend as all services between Cardiff Central station and Bristol Parkway will be affected by electrification work on the South Wales Mainline.

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From Saturday 17th September until the early hours of Monday 19th September the line between Newport and Cardiff will be closed and a bus replacement service will operate as engineers upgrade five road bridges.

We have designed the programme of work to keep disruption to the local community to a minimum. However, at critical milestones during the project this vital work will be noisy, particularly the demolition work taking place this weekend and we would like to thank the community for their patience and understanding while we carry out this essential upgrade work.

– Karl Gilmore, Network Rail programme manager

Six weekends of disruption for rail passengers

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Passengers are being urged to check before they travel between Newport and Shrewsbury as Network Rail embarks on upgrade works over six consecutive weekends beginning on 11 June.

Network Rail says there will be significant work at Shrewsbury station and signalling upgrade work in and around Hereford station. The work finishes on Sunday, 17 July.

Bus replacement services will be running during work between Newport and Shrewsbury, with the exception of Saturday, 9 July when trains will be running between Newport and Hereford because of the World Speedway Championships at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

These essential improvement works will mean better, more reliable journeys for the record numbers of passengers using the railway.

We are urging people to check before they travel. Some journeys will take longer and a bus replacement service will be in operation during these upgrade works. We have scheduled these works during the weekends to minimise disruption to passengers.

– Paul McMahon, Network Rail
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