Check Before Travelling: Flooding on railway lines in Wales

Cambrian line flooding , railways in wales
Credit: Transport for Wales

Passengers in Wales are being warned to check before travelling on the railway and to allow extra time for their journeys following more flooding to key routes.

Road transport may be provided; however, poor road conditions may mean these are also delayed.

Several lines are closed, and means trains cannot run.

This is a developing story and will be updated when more information is available.

The lines currently affected are:

  • Cambrian Line
    • Flooding at Black Bridge and a landslip in the Welshpool area means the line is closed between Machynlleth & Newtown. Replacement buses in operation
  • Core Valley Lines
    • Treherbert line now reopen following flooding
    • The railway between Aberdare and Mountain Ash remains closed and will be closed all day Tuesday. Replacement buses in operation
  • South Wales Mainline
    • Following flooding on the line at Llanharan, Transport for Wales have now reopened the line with a speed restriction, but there may be some knock-on disruption. Replacement buses are in operation
  • Blaenau FfestiniogLlandudno Junction
    • The railway remains closed following flood damage during storms Ciara and Dennis. Replacement bus service in operation

What did the officials say?

In a joint statement, Bethan Jelfs, customer delivery director for Transport for Wales Rail Services and Bill Kelly, Network Rail’s route director for Wales and Borders said:

“Following exceptional rainfall and flooding over the weekend and into today (Monday), we are continuing to urge customers to check their journeys before travel.

“While we are working round the clock to ensure as many services as possible can run, there is still disruption on a number of routes.

“The position is changing on a regular basis and as soon as we are safely able to restore services on these routes we will do so.

“Where possible we are providing replacement road transport, however this is also subject to very poor conditions on highways.”

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Oh My Gosh … Checking out the photo showing Watery River Rising up to Bridge,

    Reminds me of the Classic (if quite Dramatic) Thomas & Friends episode… Where Toby bravely crosses it, Only to become trapped on it (along with his footplate crew) flowing down A Dangerously Rising River, Caused by that infamous Dramatic Collapse of that Dam, hence rushing water flowing out fast and out of control,

    Thankfully Percy, his crew and Harold came to the rescue.
    That classic tv episode still had a happy ending thought (I remember watching it).

    Still surprsied how Britt Allcroft, the late David Mitton and Co Bravely dealt with these rare issues during the 5th series.

  2. I do hope these storms shall eventually pass, let alone allow rebuilding of and eventual resurrection/reopening of these scenic country lines that roam this part of Wales.

    Surely, They’ll be ways to help avoid what has unexpectedly happened out in the West of the Border (Wales).

  3. Shrewsbury in Shropshire has also suffered its worst flooding as the River Severn has burst its banks and has completely flooded the Shropshire’s County Town. And the railway bridge could also have defects because of the high rising of water since Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis battered the UK which February 2020 will be remembered for.

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