Posted: Wed 6th Jul 2022

Updated: Rail lines between Shotton and Chester back open following theft of signalling cable

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This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Jul 6th, 2022

Final update: Transport for Wales has said the lines are back open. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Update: Transport for Wales has disruption is now expected until 12:00pm ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Earlier Report: The railway line between Shotton and Chester is blocked this morning due to the theft of signalling cable. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Transport for Wales has said the disruption is expected until 9am. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

National Rail website states: “Theft of some signalling cables between Chester and Shotton means all lines between these stations are currently blocked.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Trains are currently unable to run between Chester and Rhyl. Disruption is expected until 09:00.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Rail replacement transport has been requested to run between Chester and Rhyl.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“A limited rail service will operate between Rhyl and Holyhead.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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The theft of metal is a big problem for the railway as thieves target signalling cables, overhead power lines and even metal fences to sell for scrap. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Rail network is designed to fail safe, which means that when a cable is cut trains are brought to a standstill. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Network Rail says “This protects passengers but can lead to lengthy, frustrating delays while the problem is found and fixed safely.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

You can help by reporting suspicious behaviour on the tracks to the British Transport Police: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • 0800 40 50 40
  • Text 61016
  • In an emergency call 999

Or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

If your train journey has been delayed you may be entitled to compensation. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Keep your ticket to accompany any claim. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

For more information please visit https://tfwrail.wales/delay-compensation where you can claim online, or pick up a form from your nearest ticket office. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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