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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


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.

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

Time lapse video of Newport railway bridge works

Network Rail has released a time lapse video of three months work on the Cardiff Road bridge in Newport.

It shows the largest telescopic crane in the UK which was used during the works.

The video was filmed from December 2015 until February this year, as engineers raise the height of the bridge creating the room for the overhead wires needed to power new electric trains.

'Striking' new footbridge opens at Port Talbot Parkway

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Network Rail says a new footbridge has opened as part of an £11m upgrade at Port Talbot Parkway Station.

The 400-tonne bridge aims to provide better step-free access to the public across Port Talbot.

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It houses a new ticket office, waiting area, customer facilities and CCTV equipment, as well as steps and lift access to platforms.

No delay to rail electrification, demands Welsh Government

The Welsh Government has welcomed today's announcement of changes to Network Rail but says there should be no delay to plans to electrify the line from London to Swansea. A spokesperson says:

Yesterday the Prime Minister made clear his personal commitment to electrifying the main-line from London to Swansea. Therefore we would expect no slippage regarding this project, despite today’s news. The Welsh Government and the business community in Wales have been very clear about the economic case for electrification, and the Minister re-iterated this today in a constructive conversation with Claire Perry, the Under Secretary of State for Transport. The changes to Network Rail are welcome, we have been pressing for an overhaul of this organisation for some time.

– Welsh Government spokesperson
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