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Delays for passengers following small fire near train station

Passengers travelling between Wrexham and Bidston are being advised of ‘severe delays’ this morning following a small fire at a train station.

The fire, which was reported earlier this morning, was on a jetty which is underneath Hawarden bridge.

As a result there are delays between Wrexham and Bidston, with the following service changes released by Arriva Trains Wales:

– 10:30 Wrexham Central to Bidston due 11:30 has been delayed at Penyffordd and is now 20 minutes late.
– 10:32 Bidston to Wrexham Central due 11:32 has been delayed between Neston and Shotton High Level and is now 15 minutes late.
– 11:30 Wrexham Central to Bidston due 12:30 will be reinstated. It will be terminated at Shotton High Level and it will no longer call at Neston, Heswall, Upton and Bidston. It will be starting late from Wrexham Central and is expected to be 15 minutes late.
– 11:32 Bidston to Wrexham Central due 12:32 will be reinstated and will now run as scheduled.
– 12:30 Wrexham Central to Bidston due 13:30 will be terminated at Shotton High Level. It will no longer call at Neston, Heswall, Upton and Bidston. It will be starting late from Wrexham Central and is expected to be 15 minutes late.
– 12:32 Bidston to Wrexham Central due 13:32 will be started from Shotton High Level. It will no longer call at Bidston, Upton, Heswall and Neston.
– 13:32 Bidston to Wrexham Central due 14:32 will be started from Shotton High Level. It will no longer call at Bidston, Upton, Heswall and Neston.

Arriva Trains Wales say that disruption is expected until 1pm this afternoon.

A Network Rail spokesperson said: “A small fire was reported this morning on a jetty which sits beneath Hawarden bridge.

“Safety is a key priority and all trains were stopped for ten minutes whilst we ensured the bridge was safe. The fire service are currently on site, and trains are running again in the area. We are working with Arriva Trains Wales to keep passengers moving, and trains are now able to run over the bridge at a reduced speed due to the smoke.

“Passengers are advised to check before travelling as there may be some delay to services.”

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