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Thursday, 28 August 2014

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Cumbria landslip caused by bad weather

A landslip which caused delays on trains coming into Carlisle resulted from the bad weather.

Rail line landslip photo
The slip is causing delays on rail services

The landslip happened at Long Marton Viaduct between Appleby and Langwathby stations at about 9.30am on Wednesday.

Engineers attended the scene and examined the line to find out what caused the land to subside and how it can be repaired.

Network Rail said on Thursday that it was believed to have been caused by the recent bad weather and the saturated ground - a 20mph speed limit is now in place on the affected line.

The section is being constantly monitored and full repairs are due to take place Saturday evening with a view to services fully returning to normal on Sunday.

The incident caused disruption on Northern Rail services from Leeds to Carlisle.

The train company warned delays of up to half an hour were expected but services from Carlisle to Leeds ran as normal.

A Northern Rail spokeswoman said on Wednesday morning: “We are awaiting an update from engineers as to how long this will continue for and the level of repair required. We will update customers as soon as we know.

“We’d like to apologise to our passengers travelling from Leeds to Carlisle and ask them to be patient while we work with Network Rail to restore services as soon as possible.”

The delays on the train line are being caused by Single Line Working, which means services from Leeds are having to cross over onto the other running line for around four or five miles.

Trains are having to be taken through signals manually by a pilotman before crossing back on their normal line to avoid the landslip.

A spokesman for Network Rail added: “We were alerted to a small bank slip between Appleby and Kirkby on the Settle to Carlisle line at around 9.10am this morning.

"Trains are running through the area but there are delays. We will continue to monitor the situation and will carry out repairs as quickly as possible.

"Passengers are advised to check with their train operator or National Rail Enquiries before travelling. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

 

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