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Neston Train Service Reinstated Following Engineering Work

Published: 4th December 2018 11:25

Transport for Wales say that rail services from Wrexham to Bidston have now been restored, following a 'mammoth' engineering effort.

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After unprecedented levels of damage to trains caused disruption across the network, TfW engineers have worked almost 1,000 hours of overtime over the last four weeks to return damaged trains to the tracks.

The team's efforts mean that services on the Wrexham-Bidston line have been restored to normal levels, and other pre-planned cancellations can be reviewed on a daily basis as the week progresses.

The number of available trains in the fleet has increased by more than 10% in the last four days after the mammoth engineering push, and the number of trains reporting new faults is starting to fall.

While the current stormy conditions are still creating difficult conditions for rail services, the picture is still expected to improve.

Network Rail and Transport for Wales have launched a joint investigation to understand why this autumn's weather caused so much damage to the fleet. A leading industry expert is conducting a range of scientific studies on the track conditions and how the trains have coped with them to help prevent a similar situation happening again.

In the future, an £800m investment in new trains will bring in rolling stock better able to cope with autumn weather conditions as well as offering passengers a much improved travel experience. The first of those will be introduced in North Wales as early as next year.

James Price, Chief Executive of Transport for Wales, said: "As our engineering teams return our trains to the tracks, passengers will start to see their services improving. We know that this has been a difficult time for our passengers, and we'd like to thank them for their patience.

"Our main focus now is on understanding what went wrong, and doing everything in our power to prevent it happening again. In the long term, that will be investing £800m in new trains across the network, but while those trains are being built and tested, keeping our current fleet fit for service will remain a top priority."

Transport Secretary Ken Skates said: "The work carried out by the Transport for Wales' engineers to return damaged trains back to service should be recognised and applauded.

"We still have some challenging times ahead as the autumn conditions continue, but I would like to take this opportunity to thank the engineers who have worked so hard to this point."

Wrexham and Bidston Rail Users Association said earlier this week: "The WBRUA is aware that the passenger information available at stations, on-line or given over the telephone during the recent period of disruption has been poor, often inadequate and, on some occasions, inaccurate.

"WBRUA has identified a number of specifc deficiencies to TfW Rail Services and will be seeking assurance from it that steps have been taken to significantly improve such information in future.

"If the recent service disruption or indadequare/misleading information has caused a problem for anyone, they should consider making a complaint to TfWRail Services."

Please continue to check https://tfwrail.wales/ for the latest travel information in case something unforseen happens and some disruption continues to occur.  

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