Abergavenny to Hereford line to reopen ahead of schedule (updated): Day 6 Thursday - Drone Image 3 Abergavenny to Hereford

Friday 1 Nov 2019

Abergavenny to Hereford line to reopen ahead of schedule (updated)

Region & Route:
Wales
Wales and Western

Network Rail has thanked passengers for their patience as it announces the early reopening of the Abergavenny to Hereford line.

Last weekend, extreme rain and flooding washed away ballast and track foundations at a number of locations in Pontrilas, South Herefordshire. Since the closure, Network Rail has had teams onsite working around the clock to restore the line for passengers.

Initially set to reopen on Monday 4 November, the line will now reopen for the start of service on Saturday 2 November with Transport for Wales operating a normal weekend timetable.

The work delivered to reopen the line includes:

  • The removal and replacement of sleepers at all washout locations
  • The removal and replacement of 100 metres of track over 5 areas;
  • Transporting to site and laying 300 tonnes of foundation materials;
  • Transporting to site and laying 600 tonnes of ballast stones;
  • Drainage and culvert inspections;
  • Checks to signalling, power and telecom cables;
  • Repairs to fencing to secure the line.

Bill Kelly, Network Rail’s route director for Wales and Borders, said:

“I would like to thank passengers and all those affected by the closure of the line. The severity of the rain and flooding had a devastating impact locally so we put in place immediate plans to reopen the railway as quickly as possible.

“I would also like to thank to our team who worked around the clock in very challenging weather conditions to reopen this important line ahead of schedule. I am also grateful to our partners at Transport for Wales for keeping passengers moving while rail services were disrupted.”

Chris Howchin, Network Rail’s route programme director, added:

“I’m delighted that we’ve managed to reopen the line ahead of schedule – restoring a vital rail link for Wales and Borders. The whole team worked tirelessly in difficult weather conditions and it’s a fantastic result for passengers.”

Colin Lea, Customer Experience Director, Transport for Wales Rail Services concluded:

 "Transport for Wales is pleased that our colleagues at Network Rail are ahead of their work schedule and the line between Abergavenny and Hereford can now be reopened.  

“I would like to thank all teams involved for their hard work and dedication, and also thank our customers for their patience over the last few days.

"Our services will resume on Saturday, but please check our website for updates prior to travelling.”

Notes to Editors

Images Video Show:

Day 6 Thursday - Taken Thursday 31 October 2019 (work almost complete)

Day 1 Saturday Video - Filmed Saturday 26 October 2019 (actual flood image)

Contact information

Passengers / community members
Network Rail national helpline
03457 11 41 41

Latest travel advice
Please visit National Rail Enquiries

Journalists
Steven Crane-Jenkins
Media Relations Manager
Network Rail (Wales and Borders)
07732 643228
Steven.Crane-Jenkins@NetworkRail.co.uk

About Network Rail

We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.

Every day, there are more than 4.8 million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.

Follow us on Twitter: @networkrail
Visit our online newsroom: www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk