South West Wales

Pembrokeshire rail line to remain closed for days

The train after the derailment
Image caption No-one was injured and the incident has been reported to the Rail Accident Investigation Branch

A section of Pembrokeshire rail line will remain closed for several days after a freight train derailed.

The incident happened near Milford Haven at 22:55 GMT on Wednesday evening.

Network Rail says recovery work is now its priority and it aims to get the line up and running again by Monday.

A bus service is currently replacing train services between Milford Haven and Haverfordwest.

No-one was injured in the incident, which has been reported to the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB).

The train was carrying petroleum products from Murco Petroleum Limited's (Murco) Milford Haven Refinery.

In a statement the company said there was no "loss of product from the train as a result of the incident".

"On arrival, officers found that the locomotive and first wagon of a freight train had derailed while travelling at low speed," said a BTP spokesperson.

"The locomotive and wagon remained upright."

Recovery work

Transport police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident.

Dyfed Powys Police were also forced to close a road between Steynton and Tiers Cross so that engineers could access the train.

"We are now focusing on recovering the railway line as a priority with an aim to bring the line back by Monday," said a spokesperson for Network Rail.

"We have started to move the wagons away and we will inspect and repair the damaged infrastructure as soon as the line is clear.

"The line between Milford and Haverfordwest currently remains closed but alternative services are available and we advise passengers to contact National Rail Enquiries or Arriva Trains Wales for the latest updates."

Arriva Train Wales has also confirmed that its services on the line will be suspended between Haverfordwest and Milford Haven until Monday, 25 November.

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