Storm Eunice: The list of rail service disruptions and changes in Wales this weekend

Wales rail companies have announced changes to their weekend services following Storm Eunice.

All train services in Wales were suspended on Friday to ensure the safety of passengers and staff after a red weather warning was issued for parts of the country.

The decision, which was taken jointly by Network Rail and the rail operators, also meant that no alternative rail services were offered, as the routes were also heavily impacted by weather conditions.

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After the storm hit Wales on Friday, disruption to trains is expected to continue over the weekend, with work to be done to repair some of the damage caused by the wind – which reached speeds of 90 mph in some areas.

Transport for Wales have confirmed that their services will resume on Saturday (February 19) but have urged customers to check before travelling.

Although plans are in place for services to restart on Saturday, customers are advised to monitor the latest travel information as the damage and disruption caused by the storm will not be fully known until assessments are made. .

Additionally, services will restart later than normal, so damage assessments and repair work can take place during the day, while some track replacement options will be available for a handful of services.

From 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, there were replacement bus services on the following lines:

  • Wrexham-Bidston
  • Swansea – Shrewsbury (Heart of Wales)
  • Pwllheli – Machynlleth
  • Llandudno – Blaenau Ffestiniog

All other services were listed as “check before travel”. You can follow updates on our live blog here.

Great Western Railway said their services will be interrupted while Network Rail engineers work to clear debris from the track and ensure it is safe to travel.

At the time of writing (8:30am Feb 19) all GWR services are cancelled.

The operator advised customers to check before traveling in the morning and to consider delaying their journey. They added that tickets will be valid later today and for travel until Monday February 21 inclusive. The latest updates are available through their website and social media platforms.

Friday night Avanti West Coast said that while they expect services to run on Saturdays, they don’t know which services it will be. As of 8:30 a.m. on February 19, these services have not resumed.

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In a report, Transport for Wales said: “Customers making journeys on Saturdays may find their planned journey difficult to complete or journey times extended due to speed restrictions which will remain in place due to the weather forecast for tomorrow.

“There will be a small minority of services that will be replaced by road transport due to damage from Storm Eunice. Road transport options will also be very limited and services will be subject to change at short notice. Customers are therefore encouraged to check before travelling.

“Saturday and Sunday are expected to be busy with additional customers unable to travel today (Friday 18 February) following Storm Eunice. TfW will provide additional capacity on services where possible.

“For customers with tickets to travel on Saturday (19), TfW is accepting these tickets on Sunday 20 and Monday 21. Customers do not need to change or modify tickets, simply show the original tickets to the staff if necessary.

Martyn Brennan, Operations Director at Transport for Wales, added: “The safety of our customers and colleagues remains our top priority and we need to ensure the network is safe to operate the services. Due to extreme weather conditions caused by Storm Eunice, much of the inspection work will not be able to take place until Saturday morning, meaning services will begin to restart later than normal.

“The clear message to all of our customers is to check before you travel to ensure the service is running. Due to the ongoing weather forecast, all services will also be running at reduced speed, so please allow plenty of time for journeys I would like to thank our customers for their understanding and patience.

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