PASSENGERS have been warned train services will be limited between Hereford and Shrewsbury after track work has overrun due to engineering machinery breaking down.

The line was closed while engineering works took place through the Dinmore tunnel. Services were set to resume on Friday, September 22 but work overrun. Trains will now be limited until Friday, September 29, with works continuing until Sunday, November 19.

Clarisse Grother, senior programme manager for Wales at Network Rail, said: "We understand that there is never a good time but this essential work will improve reliability on the Marches line, ensuring this important and well-travelled link between south Wales, the Midlands and north of England is secure for the future."

Last Friday (September 22), a spokesperson for TfW said: “Due to overrunning engineering works at Dinmore Tunnel overnight, there will unfortunately be no rail transport during the day. We apologise for the inconvenience." 

Network Rail added: “We are sorry for the disruption caused by the overrunning engineering to replace track, including in the 170-year-old Dinmore Tunnel, but broken-down engineering machinery meant we were unable to finish work in time.

“Tickets are being accepted on numerous operators, including via Birmingham.

“The engineering work is expected to finish today with the railway reopening tomorrow. We advise all passengers to check before they travel.”

Some rail replacement services may be available on a limited basis, so passengers are being urged to only travel if essential.