Weekend Travel Likely to be Disrupted in North Wales

By on December 3, 2015

Travelers in north Wales should prepare themselves beforehand for their weekend plans getting disrupted. Rail traffic in particular is likely to get affected because of the heavy rain and wind speed exceeding 100 kph. What’s more, trains are likely to get canceled at a short notice.

Along with Arriva Train Wales issuing the warning, Network Rail too is taking necessary steps to mitigate the risk for travelers. They have stated that they are planning to curtail the speeds for a majority of the routes that are near the coastline. This will naturally result in delayed arrivals and departures for travelers.

According to ATW’s spokesman, Network Rail will restrict the speed of trains running between Holyhead and Llandudno Junction, which may potentially result in up to 30 additional minutes of traveling time.

Rail traffic in North Wales

Conditions are expected to ease to a certain extent after Sunday afternoon. Nearly 100 mm of rain is expected to take place over the weekend, which is enough not only to cause flooding but also poses a potential threat to life according to some forecasters.

This is because after the recent heavy downpours earlier in the week, rivers are already running with large volumes of water. This has led to the collapse of several trees and the flooding of roads and fields. The met office believes that since the ground is already saturated and the rivers are showing no signs of returning to normal levels, the threat of flooding is very real and that such a deep amount of water flowing at a fast speed can endanger life.

Travelers are advised to stay away from Bangor-on-Dee since the water level has risen beyond normal levels. Natural Resources Wales is running a free flood warning system, for which travelers can sign up by accessing their website or calling their Floodline helpline.

Members of the public requiring further information can call Network Rail’s 24-Hour national helpline on 03457 11 41 41 or email CRWales@networkrail.co.uk.

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