Trains can now run the entire length of the Cambrian Coast line thanks to a new bridge at Llandecwyn in Gwynedd.
The road and rail bridge over the Afon Dwyryd means the rail service between Harlech and Pwllheli is open for business again as of 1 September. The original 150 year-old wooden Pont Briwet viaduct, which was to be retained as a walking route, was found to be beyond economic repair and has now been demolished.
The upper section of the Cambrian Coast railway was closed between Harlech and Pwllheli in November 2013, shortly after the £20 million bridge-replacement project commenced.
Further work was required on the Cambrian Coast earlier this year after ferocious winter storms caused widespread damage. The lower section of the line between Dovey Junction and Harlech closed in January, after storms and tidal surges severely damaged the infrastructure.
The railway was quickly opened between Dovey Junction and Barmouth, with more substantial works needed at Llanaber. Following a £10 million programme to repair the damage, the railway opened between Barmouth and Harlech in May. Work continued at Pont Briwet through the summer months.
Arriva Trains Wales is launching a Pricebuster ticket offer on the line to win back business.