Network Rail and Arriva Trains Wales thank passengers as railway reopens between Porth and Treherbert

Network Rail and Arriva Trains Wales have thanked passengers for their patience following urgent repair work on the line between Porth and Treherbert.

The line was closed on Sunday 21 January after heavy rain caused a landslip at Dinas Rhondda, blocking the railway line.

Network Rail engineers have been out in force, removing over 150 tonnes of debris from the track and making the area safe for trains to run on the line. Teams also carried out inspections of the track to ensure it had not been damaged by the landslip

Bill Kelly, chief operating officer for Network Rail in Wales and the Borders, said: “We have worked hard to reopen the line as quickly and safely as possible, with the safety of our passengers and workforce a key priority.

“We have worked closely with our partners at Arriva Trains Wales to keep passengers moving during the closure. We would like to thank passengers for their patience while we delivered this urgent repair work.”

Bethan Jelfs, customer services director for Arriva Trains Wales said:

“We are very grateful to our customers in the Rhondda for their patience whilst we worked hard to reopen the line as quickly and as safely as possible. Our partners in Network Rail worked around the clock to clear the rubble during really difficult weather conditions. We recognise what an important life line the Treherbert route is for communities and recognise the impact this disruption would have had on people’s every day routines. We are therefore pleased that we were able to resume our services this morning.”