Railway line between Shrewsbury and Hereford reopened after staff shortage forces closure

A major railway line through Shropshire has reopened after being closed due to a lack of staff.

No trains are stopping at Ludlow station at the moment
No trains are stopping at Ludlow station at the moment

Passengers at stations including Shrewsbury, Ludlow and Church Stretton had found themselves stranded on the platforms this morning until replacement buses could be brought in.

The line from Shrewsbury to Hereford was closed in both directions because Network Rail was unable to operate the Moreton-on-Lugg signal box due to a resourcing issue.

The large section of track included Church Stretton, Leominster and Ludlow, and takes trains on the Cardiff to Holyhead routes.

Transport for Wales confirmed at around 9am that the line had been reopened and trains were running again.

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