Friday 26 Nov 2021
Storm Arwen conditions set to affect rail services across Wales & Borders
With winds of up to 70mph expected to hit some parts of Wales from Friday 26 November, Network Rail has announced speed restrictions to keep passengers safe.
Speed restrictions will be introduced on services travelling between Carmarthen and Fishguard, Flint and Holyhead and on some sections of the South Wales Mainline from 1800, into Saturday 27 November.
Speed restrictions and short-term line closures are being introduced for safety reasons, as the wind speed predicted can blow trees and other debris onto the tracks and cause damage to overhead power lines.
Due to the adverse weather conditions, passengers within Wales should allow extra time for their journeys and check before they travel across the weekend.
Our engineers will be working over the course of Storm Arwen to keep lines open and safe for passengers and freight customers. We will be repairing damage caused by the weather as quickly and safely as possible.
Rachel Heath, Head of Operations Delivery at Network Rail Wales & Borders said: “Slowing down our passengers’ journeys is the last thing we want to do but the safety of our customers and colleagues is our top priority.
“We have yellow and amber weather warnings in place across much of Wales with very high winds in coastal areas expected.
“Our engineers will be ready to fix any damages caused by Storm Arwen, doing everything they can to keep services moving but we do apologise for any delays and disruption this weekend.”
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