THE HEART of Wales line will be closed today and there will be no rail replacements.

Transport for Wales (TFW) has announced a number of routes will be closed today – Thursday, November 2 – due to Storm Ciaran with the Heart of Wales line between Swansea and Shrewsbury being cancelled.

This line includes stops at Ammanford, Llandovery and Llandeilo. TfW has said that there will be no rail replacement services running along the Heart of Wales line and it is not expected to reopen until late morning on Friday, November 3 at the earliest as there will need to be safety checks carried out first before passengers are able to board.

TfW has also closed the Conwy Valley line between Llandudno and Blaenau Ffestiniog and the Cambrian line is running an amended timetable with pre-planned bus replacement services between Aberystwyth and Machynlleth and train services between Machynlleth and Shrewsbury running every two hours rather than hourly.

There will also be speed restrictions in place on several routes across the Wales and the Borders network meaning journeys may take longer than usual. Passengers are advised to check before they travel as there may be short-notice alterations or cancellations to services.

Tickets for Thursday, November 2 will be valid for Friday, November 3 if passengers are unable to travel. Other operators may accept TfW tickets but passengers should check for the latest information.