Shropshire Star

Storm Ciarán: Key rail route through county will not be running tomorrow with other services hit too

A key train route between south Wales and Shrewsbury will not have services tomorrow because of the anticipated impact of Storm Ciarán.

Check before you travel is the message from TfW. Picture: TfW

Weather forecasters say Wales is set to be battered by rain and high winds in some places and now Transport for Wales has decided to suspend services on the Heart of Wales line and reduce the frequency of trains on another popular route.

Passengers have been urged to check for the latest information before travelling on Thursday.

TfW says there will be no services on the Heart of Wales line between Swansea and Shrewsbury or the Conwy Valley line between Llandudno and Blaenau Ffestiniog on Thursday.

On the Cambrian line an amended timetable will be in place with pre-planned bus replacement services between Aberystwyth and Machynlleth and train services between Machynlleth and Shrewsbury running every two hours instead of hourly.

The train operator says no rail replacement services are available on the Heart of Wales line and passengers are being advised not to travel on this route.

Rail replacement services are in operation on the Conwy Valley line but all passengers should check before travelling as roads will be liable to flooding.

Services on the Heart of Wales and Conwy Valley lines will not reopen until late Friday morning at the earliest, as safety checks will need to be completed before passenger services can resume, says a company spokesperson.

They add that speed restrictions will also be in place on several routes across the Wales and Borders network as a result of the forecast extreme winds and rain, meaning journeys may take longer than usual and there may be short-notice alterations or cancellations to services.

Tickets for Thursday, November 2, can be used on Friday, November 3, and ticket acceptance with other operators may be available - passengers should check for the latest information.