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WALES: Flood waters block railway line.

BUSES are replacing trains on the Conwy Valley railway line because heavy rain has flooded the track.

The line between Blaenau Ffestiniog Blaenau Ffestiniog is a small town in North Wales. It has a population of 4,830 according to the (2001 census). Geography
Located in the mountains of Snowdonia, the town was once a major centre of the slate mining industry.
 and Llandudno Junction Coordinates:

Llandudno Junction (Welsh: Cyffordd Llandudno), once known as Tremarl, is a small town in the county borough of Conwy. It is part of the ancient parish of Llangystennin, and it is located south of Llandudno.
 is blocked at Betws y Coed.

An Arriva Trains Wales Arriva Trains Wales (Welsh: Trenau Arriva Cymru) is a train operating company that operates urban and inter urban passenger services in Wales and the Welsh Marches.  spokeswoman said trains were running normally from Llandudno to Llanrwst North where a bus will take passengers on.

A Network Rail spokeswoman said services had to be suspended until the water had subsided and bridges inspected.

Yesterday engineers inspected the affected line and divers checked a bridge near Llanrwst.

The damage is not thought to be as bad as 2005 when heavy rain caused the river to flood washing away the line in several places. The line was closed for several months while repairs were carried out.

Passengers are advised to contact National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950 for up to date information.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 14, 2009
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