Network Rail helicopter footage shows the impact that flood waters caused by Storm Christoph have had across the North West’s railway network.
Thankfully, initial signs show that railway lines left submerged in over the past week in Cheshire, Lancashire, Merseyside and Cumbria have little or no lasting damage after the storms.
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Much of the railway network is now open to trains as normal.
Network Rail’s extreme weather action teams used high volume pumps to clear floodwater during Storm Christoph to minimise damage to track, signalling equipment, cuttings and embankments.
Phil James, Network Rail’s North West route director, said: “I’m extremely proud of my teams who’ve battled horrendous conditions to keep the railway safe for passengers and freight during Storm Christoph.
“We invest tens of millions of pounds making the railway more robust so it can cope when extreme weather events like this happen. It seems this preparation work on the ground has paid off – proven by today’s helicopter inspections from the skies and other aerial photos taken by drones in recent days.”
With snow and ice forecast over the weekend there may be further travel disruption.