Cambrian Coast line remains closed

By Julie McNicholls Vale   |   Deputy news editor   |
Wednesday 29th December 2021 12:39 pm
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A railway line expected to reopen today following restoration work remains closed.

The Grade II listed Barmouth Viaduct has been undergoing a £30m restoration since September.

When engineers found it to be in a much worse condition than anticipated, the closure was extended by Network Rail who had hoped to reopen the line today, 29 December. However, this has been further delayed and replacement bus services remain in place.

Network Rail said: “The viaduct is reopening tomorrow as we needed a little more time for the finishing touches. The progress on this has been brilliant but we have had some very challenging weather and faced the impact of Covid-19, which has set us back a bit. We have brought in two extra local maintenance teams (taking out total to five teams) today, so that we can complete some final work on the viaduct, ahead of safely reopening it for passengers tomorrow. The walkway remains open for pedestrians and cyclists.”

The viaduct walk has temporarily reopened to walkers to allow pedestrians to use it over the Christmas period. It will remain open until 9 January.

In the meantime, rail users are being urged to check journey times before they travel.

A Transport for Wales spokesperson said: “Our colleagues at Network Rail are undertaking further work, so the reopening of the Cambrian Coast Line has been pushed back by 24 hours.

“Replacement bus services remain in operation. We’re continuing to advise customers to check before they travel, using our JourneyCheck site.”

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