Floods caused by Storm Gareth have washed away several sections of the ground beneath Conwy Valley railway line in Wales.
The line will be shutting for “a number of months” as a result.
Detailed inspections of the line carried out by Network Rail, revealed that multiple sections of track, lineside equipment, embankments, bridges, level crossings and stations are damaged.
Specialist engineers are now putting a detailed repair programme in place.
Network Rail Wales and Borders route managing director Bill Kelly said: “We apologise to passengers and the local community who have been affected by the Conwy Valley Line closure following extensive damage caused by Storm Gareth.
“We are working closely with our partners, Transport for Wales, to keep passengers moving with rail replacement buses during the closure of the line. We recognise the importance of the Conwy Valley Line to local people, businesses and communities. We will continue to work closely with the Community Rail Partnership and other local stakeholders and provide regular updates as the work progresses.”
The 44km long line runs between Blaenau Ffestiniog in central Snowdonia National Park to Llandudno on the north coast.
In February 2004, the line was closed between Blaenau Ffestiniog and Llandudno following a “complete washout” following floods in the area the previous week.
In December 2015, damage caused by a storm closed the line for two months and in November 2017 it closed for a month when water flooded the Blaenau Ffestiniog tunnel, damaging a structural pillar.
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