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Shed load of potatoes closes stretch of the A55

A six-mile section of North Wales' busiest road was closed after a lorry overturned, shedding its load of potatoes.

The Westbound carriageway was shut between Caerwys and St Asaph after the accident, shortly before 11pm last night.

One lane has now reopened.

There is a diversion via the A5151through Dyserth to Rhuddlan then the A525 to rejoin the A55 at J27 St Asaph.


Trains cancelled due to planned holiday strike

Train companies have started cancelling services over the Bank Holiday because of a planned strike by thousands of Network Rail workers in a row over pay.

West Coast main line operator Virgin Trains scrapped all services on Monday and Tuesday and warned it would only be able to run a very limited number of trains on its East Coast line over the two days.

CrossCountry Trains, Chiltern Railways, Arriva Trains Wales and First Great Western were among those giving passengers an early idea of the travel chaos they can expect.

Passengers were being advised not to travel unless "absolutely necessary", with widespread cancellations expected, leading to packed trains.

A legal challenge against the strike is due to be heard on Thursday.

CityJet pulls flights from Cardiff Airport

CityJet Airline is to end its routes from Cardiff Airport to Paris and Edinburgh.

The Director of Cardiff Airport Debra Barber said after 18 months of operation, the airline has decided to stop flying services to Paris and Edinburgh from 29 June.

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We would like to reassure passengers immediately that these destinations will continue to be served from Cardiff. We know these routes serve both Welsh passengers travelling on business and leisure plus an important inbound market into Wales. As such, we are confident the services will be well used and continue to link Wales with Scotland and France respectively.”

– Debra Barber, Director or Cardiff Airport

Passengers currently booked to fly with CityJet beyond 29 June are asked to contact the airline directly.


First train arrives at new Ebbw Vale station

The new Ebbw Vale Town Station has officially opened today after the first train to arrive at the station pulled in this morning.

The station is located on the Ebbw Vale to Cardiff line.

The station, which will serve Ebbw Vale town centre, is part of a £11.5m Welsh Government funded project which also includes an extension and speed improvements to the railway track.

It is located on the Ebbw Vale to Cardiff line and will be served by the existing hourly service, with the potential for additional services to be introduced in future.

The new station, delivered by Network Rail, features a brand new station building, 150m platform to fit up to 6 train carriages, car park, CCTV, customer information screens, waiting shelter, help point, ticket machines and bicycle storage.

The existing square will link the station to the main north-south bus routes and the mechanical link up to the town centre. New track has been installed extending the existing railway northwards from Ebbw Vale Parkway, through The Works and up to Ebbw Vale Town.

"This improvement to the Ebbw Vale line will build on the success of the re-opening in 2008 and the recent opening of the new station at Pye Corner. The extension into Ebbw Vale town, along with the new station, will help boost the local economy by making it easier for many more people to travel by train to access jobs, training and education."

– James Jackson, Network Rail Wales

Lorry stuck under bridge is cleared

A lorry that got stuck under a bridge in north Wales has now been freed and the road has reopened to traffic.

The incident happened earlier on Friday on the A497 between Porthmadog and Pentrefelin.

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