Bus services in place as rail link submerged


Staff reporter

FLOODING on the Chester to Crewe railway line caused a second day of havoc for commuters yesterday.

The line, which has flooded from a landslip at Christleton tunnel, remained submerged following the rain that has battered the area since Sunday.

Bus replacement services had been implemented by Arriva Trains Wales yesterday, with buses running hourly from 8am and supplementary buses running where possible.

As of yesterday, Network Rail were not expecting the line to open during the course of the day and there have been no estimates on when normal services would resume.

A Network Rail spokesman said: “Given the extent of the flooding on the Chester to Crewe line, we are are unable to give any estimates as to when commuters can expect the line to be reopened.

“Aerial observation of the line will continue throughout the day, identifying any possible risks to further lines.

“The possibility of further flooding does seem unlikely, with the area now being regarded as low risk.”

A spokesman for Arriva Trains Wales said: “We advise all commuters to keep checking our website, journeycheck.com/arriva

trainswales, to make sure they remain informed on the situation.”

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