The Vale of Rheidol weathers the storm


As the Welsh coast continues to be beset by storms, the Vale of Rheidol refuses to falter. 

Aberystwyth has featured prominently in national news, with photographs and videos of its sea front being engulfed with water and shingle as part of its promenade have been washed away. 89mph winds and exceptionally high tides prompted sea front areas to be evacuated, whilst the Environment Agency identified much of Aberystwyth Town Centre at risk of flooding. The identified flood zone encompassed the Vale of Rheidol’s line from Aberystwyth as far as Glanrafon, including the Rheidol River Bridge and sections of the line near the recently restored Capel Bangor Station.

During 2012 the Vale of Rheidol suffered severe flood damage near the Rheidol River Bridge, in the Llanbadarn area. Flooding this January would have been catastrophic for the railway, severely setting back its ongoing annual winter maintenance programme ahead of its 2014 operating season. A full line inspection undertaken on 6th January found the line had been blessed with no flooding or fallen trees along the route, allowing work to continue to get the railway ready to start welcoming tourists over February half term.

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