Key Rail Route to North Wales to Be Protected from Flash Flooding

Network Rail is performing track upgrades between Chester and Crewe over the next four weekends to improve drainage and stop heavy rain from flooding the tracks.

Flooding at Beeston Castle in 2016
Flooding at Beeston Castle in 2016

The works are taking place under the Great North Rail Project and will receive 250,000 GBP in funding. In recent years, storms throughout the year have come with exceptional levels of rainfall, causing tracks to become swamped. This in turn leads to long delays for both passengers and freight.

Chris Pye, Infrastructure Director for the North West, Network Rail, said:

“In recent years the region’s railway has taken a battering from storms and we’re targeting problem areas now before winter arrives.

“While we try our best to do work overnight, unfortunately the scale of this drainage work means we must close the line between Crewe and Chester so our engineers can safely improve the railway. I’d urge anyone planning to travel over the next four weekends to please check National Rail Enquiries to plan their journeys. I’d also like to thank passengers in advance for their patience.”

 

As a result of these works, the line between Chester and Crewe will be closed on 4–5 September, 11–12 September, 18–19 September and 25–26 September (all weekends). During these times, Avanti West Coast services will be diverted and Transport for Wales passengers will be offered rail replacement buses.

Gus Dunster, Executive Director of Operations and Safety, Avanti West Coast, said:

“As Network Rail carry out improvement works between Crewe and Chester as part of their Great North Rail Project, our trains to and from North Wales will be diverted, extending journey times on these dates. We strongly recommend you make a reservation, plan your journey in advance as well as check the National Rail Enquiries website before travelling.”

 

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