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Network Rail working to repair storm damage across Britain

30 December 2015

Teams of Network Rail engineers have been working tirelessly to open railway lines and carry out repairs since Storm Frank hit Britain last night.


The storm has brought high winds and flooding to much of Scotland, parts of north England and Wales.

There has been storm damage across Scotland in particular, with the west coast and Highlands registering the highest wind speeds and heaviest rainfall.

It follows in the wake of the so-called Storm Eva a few days ago, which led to the closure of the line between Dover Priory and Folkestone Central due to a damaged sea wall, and the Conwy Valley line in north Wales as a result of flooding. In both cases, assessment of the damage is ongoing.

Both lines at Saltcoats on the west coast of Scotland are currently blocked after flooding and severe sea spray while the damage is assessed.

Also on the west coast, the Kyle of Lochalsh line is closed between Garve and Achnasheen due to a landslip. An emergency timetable will be in operation on Thursday 31 December, with trains running from Inverness to Garve and from Achnasheen to Kyle of Lochalsh.

An emergency timetable will also be in place on the Highland Main Line, which is closed between Dunkeld and Pitlochry, with trains running from Inverness to Aviemore and Perth to southwards.

Repairs to overhead lines have been carried out across Scotland, including at Kirknewton in West Lothian.

The worst of the storm has now passed, lines are being reopened and services are returning to normal. There are a few remaining issues, particularly in the Highlands and south west Scotland, which will require further repairs.

There are further weather warnings for this weekend too, so the aim of our teams across the country is to repair most of the damage before then.

Lindsay Saddler, area director for Scotland West

In Wales, part of the main line from Cardiff to Swansea was briefly diverted today, while repairs took place after a landslip.

With storms continuing to affect much of Britain, rail passengers are advised to check their journey before they travel, and to go to the Met Office website for the latest weather warnings.