Extreme Weather Events: More lines reopen as Network Rail continues to work hard during heavy rainfall: Conwy Valley Line 1-2

Wednesday 19 Feb 2020

Extreme Weather Events: More lines reopen as Network Rail continues to work hard during heavy rainfall

Region & Route:
Wales & Western: Wales & Borders
| Wales & Western

Network Rail continues to work around the clock on the Wales and Borders route following the recent two storms, and the current 24-hours of additional rainfall, to repair and reopen lines affected, although some closures and disruption remains in place.

A number of additional lines have reopened in the last 24-hours after a huge effort from engineers and teams working at sites around the network.

Transport for Wales is also publicising the bus replacement services they are operating on the affected lines.

As of 1600 (4pm) on Wednesday 19 February, the affected lines include:

  • Treherbert Line: Closed. Working towards reopening on Thursday (tomorrow) (weather dependent)
  • Ebbw Vale Line (North of Cross Keys North): Closed following a landslip but working towards reopening Friday (weather dependent)
  • Abergavenny - Hereford: Line currently closed. Working towards reopening on Saturday morning (weather dependent)
  • Aberdare Line: Closed. Likely to be closed for several days more
  • Conwy Valley: Line closed until further notice

Reopened lines in the last 24-hours include:

  • Heart of Wales Line: Reopened
  • Shrewsbury to Machynlleth (Cambrian Line): Reopened
  • Machynlleth to Aberystwyth (Cambrian Line): Reopened
  • Machynlleth – Pwllheli (Cambrian Line): Reopened

This information is subject to changes, so please check journey details before travel.

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

“We are continuing to work around the clock following the impact of the recent storms. Even in the current spell of significant rainfall, our teams will be doing all they can to reopen affected lines as soon and as safely as they can.

“I would like to thank passengers for their patience and understanding as we work to get the network back to capacity and I would urge people to still check their journey details before travelling.”


Notes to Editors

Attached: Network Rail team in action on the line between Abergavenny and Hereford (footage taken Wednesday 19 February 2020)

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Network Rail (Wales and Borders)
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