A BRANCH line in North Wales will remain closed for months, warned Network Rail, after Storm Gareth had swept across the region.
The savage weather damaged track, lineside equipment, embankments, bridges, level crossings and stations between Llandudno Junction and Blaenau Ffestiniog, and it is not yet known when trains will be able to run again. Buses are replacing the trains for the time being.
Specialist engineers are now studying drone footage and preparing a detailed programme of work to restore the line as quickly and safely as possible.
Transport for Wales is working with Network Rail. TfW chief executive James Price said; ‘We now understand the extent of the damage caused by Storm Gareth to the Conwy Valley Line and we will be working collaboratively with our partners in Network Rail to ensure we keep the people of Wales moving.
’We encourage our customers to regularly check for service updates and we will provide information as work on the line progresses.’
Network Rail’s route managing director for Wales and Borders Bill Kelly added: ‘We recognise the importance of the Conwy Valley Line to local people, businesses and communities. We will provide regular updates as the work progresses.’
The Conwy Vally Line has often been damaged by storms in the past, with flooding posing a particular threat.