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Road Journey to Chester for Barmouth Marooned Trains

16 January 2014

Two trains that were left marooned on a railway line in Barmouth after the storms that hit the mid and north Wales coast at the beginning of January, are being taken to Chester on the back of lorries to undergo safety checks.

The storms hit the Cambrian Coast line on the 3rd January, and caused disruptions and damage to the surrounding area. A spokesman from Network Rail has said “The sea wall was washed away at Llanaber, resulting in 300 tonnes of rail ballast lost to the sea and approximately 800 tonnes of debris across the line.”

Network Rail have begun repair work on the affected line, which runs between Machynlleth and Pwllheli. The spokesman continued to add that “the tidal surge also caused damage the embankment and sea wall at Barmouth and Tywyn, leaving the railway unsafe for operations.”

The two trains had been left stranded on the railway line since the 3rd January and so Arriva Trains Wales made the decision to have them moved for safety. A spokesman for Arriva Trains Wales has claimed that neither of the trains had been damaged by the storms and that “the units will undergo routine safety checks and will be put back into operation elsewhere on the network.”

The line is still closed, and buses are currently operating instead of trains.

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