Cancellations and major delays are expected across the North Wales train lines over the next coming days.

Trains on the mainline between Holyhead and Cardiff/Manchester this morning were cancelled outright, and there will be no rail services until further notice.

Arriva Trains Wales (ATW) services between Llandudno and Blaenau Ffestiniog, and from Holyhead to Cardiff and Manchester, have been cancelled after the rail operator pulled all of its long distance trains for extra safety inspections across Wales.

A spokesperson from ATW said: “Network Rail and Arriva Trains Wales are carrying out essential safety checks on rail infrastructure and trains after inspections of the fleet revealed some damage to particular trains late last night. The majority of long-distance Arriva Trains Wales services operating in North Wales, West Wales and the Marches are currently suspended as a result.

"The safety of our customers and our people is a key priority, therefore our frontline staff are currently working hard in very difficult weather conditions to ensure thorough checks are undertaken across fleet and infrastructure.

“Some of our services will be operating with fewer carriages and additionally, given the worsening weather predicted over the next few days, we are advising customers to travel only if absolutely necessary and to ensure that they check to see if their journey will be affected.

"We are working together to put in place alternative transport for our customers where possible, however, this will be very limited due to weather conditions and the number of services affected.

“We would like to apologise to anyone affected, we thank customers for their patience whilst we work to resolve this issue and remind them to check before they travel."