Published on : Saturday, February 25, 2017
Arriva Trains Wales and Network Rail thank passengers for their patience during Storm Doris yesterday – which caused widespread disruption to much of the rail network.Both organisations began preparation for the storm on Monday 20 February, with over 100 dedicated rail staff positioned yesterday ready for the impact. Staff then worked around the clock yesterday in challenging conditions to deal with incidents across Wales and keep many services running for passengers.
Despite preparation and speed restrictions being in place, wind speeds in excess of 90mph resulted in trees falling on the track and even sheds and trampolines being blown across and onto the railway, resulting in the closure of some lines, and damage to trains.
Over 100 incidents were reported to the joint Arriva Trains Wales and Network Rail Wales Rail Operating Centre in Cardiff, with action required across the whole of the Welsh rail network. Engineers and maintenance staff worked quickly to remove the debris and then repair damage to the track and trains, however, some parts of the network remain closed and some trains have fewer carriages whilst further inspections are carried out.
Tim Ball, Senior Incident Officer for Network Rail Wales, said:
“I would like to thank passengers for their patience as Network Rail teams worked to minimise the impact and resolve the issues brought on by Storm Doris yesterday.
“Keeping passengers and our workforce safe is our top priority and it was decided on Wednesday that a 50mph speed limit be imposed on lines in mid and north Wales where winds were expected to be strongest, to minimise the risk to passengers and staff should trees or other objects get blown onto the tracks. At start of service on Thursday, we had colleagues located across Wales ready to respond and deal with any incidents specifically related to Storm Doris.
“Working with our partners Arriva Trains Wales, we have been able to resolve many of the issues brought on by the weather, however, I urge passengers to continue to check before travelling today.”
The extreme weather also caused damage to trains, with Arriva Trains Wales working through the night at their depots across Wales in advance of service today.
Source:- Network Rail