Rail services return to normal after stormy days

Most train services returned to normal on Tuesday after several days of major weather disruption.

Storms Dudley, Eunice and Franklin wreaked havoc across Britain as lines were blocked due to flooding and fallen trees.

The majority of operators were able to resume regular services on Tuesday, although journeys on some routes remained subject to disruption.

Rotherham Central Station is still closed due to flooding, with Northern services between Doncaster and Sheffield being diverted around it.

On Tuesday, flooding in Shrewsbury affected Transport for Wales and West Midlands Railway services.

Network Rail has recorded around 200 storm-related incidents on its western route between London Paddington and Penzance in recent days.

He said the storms were the ‘most devastating’ seen in the area since a storm in 2014 left a section of the railway in Dawlish, Devon, hanging in the air after a levee collapsed.

Over the past week, railway staff have braved extreme conditions to clear trees, sheds, trampolines and other objects from the tracks and repair overhead electrical wires.

Mike Gallop, Network Rail’s Director of Strategic Operations and Western Route, said: “Last week the railway faced some of the most severe storms the UK has seen in over three decades. .

“The number of storm-related incidents we have faced is unprecedented and I am very proud of our various teams who have worked tirelessly alongside our fellow train operators to clear the track of unwanted debris, run trains safely and reliably while supporting passengers on their journeys.

“It has been a difficult time for passengers, and we are truly grateful for their patience and understanding during this time of disruption.

“Thanks to the hard work and determination of our teams and the close collaboration with train operators, we are delighted to welcome passengers back as regular services resume this morning.”

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