Monday 7 Mar 2005

CONWY VALLEY LINE RE-OPENS

Region & Route:
| Wales & Western: Wales & Borders
| Wales & Western
The Conwy Valley line re-opened today following its closure on 7 January when heavy storms hit the region. The flood damage was limited as a result of last year’s successful reconstruction works.  This time, ballast was lost at Tal-y-Cafn and Glan-Conwy, and some of the switches and crossings equipment have been repaired having been submerged in water for some time.  This level of damage is expected following such a storm. Andrew Skidmore, Network Rail’s Area General Manager, said: “Our engineers have been working around the clock to re-open the line for rail passengers. “Works have included the removal and re-instatement of 140 yards of track, importation of 5,800 tonnes of fill for embankment works and the replacement of 2,000 tonnes of ballast.” The expected final costs for the work will be in order of £1.5 million.

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