Wales bank holiday road and trains travel chaos

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Traffic building on the roads between St Clears and CarmarthenImage source, Traffic Wales

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Traffic built up in the area following the closure of the A40 on Easter Monday

Major travel problems are affecting Easter Monday bank holiday drivers and train passengers in parts of Wales.

Dyfed-Powys Police warned of "high volumes of traffic" after a serious crash closed the A40 in both directions between St Clears and Carmarthen.

Meanwhile, Transport for Wales (TfW)issued a "do not travel" warning for trains on the south Wales main line until at least 13:00 BST on Monday.

The rail operator blamed "signalling and power issues".

"Due to signalling and power issues between Bridgend and Llanelli, Transport for Wales is unable to run services between Cardiff and Carmarthen and on the Heart of Wales line between Swansea and Shrewsbury," said Transport for Wales.

"Services on the Maesteg line and Vale of Glamorgan line are also affected."

TfW said there was "extremely limited replacement road transport" available.

Tickets bought for travel on Monday will be valid on Tuesday, and TfW said "customers are encouraged to travel tomorrow if possible".

It added: "Services on the Marches line through Shrewsbury are also expected to be very busy today due to an earlier incident of suspected cable theft which disrupted a number of early morning services".

In west wales, the A40 is expected to remain closed until later this afternoon, following a serious crash at about 04:45 BST eastbound near Carmarthen.

"We anticipate high volumes of traffic due to Easter Bank Holiday," said Dyfed-Powys Police, which had officers at the B&Q roundabout to provide direction.

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