Rail replacement buses on the Cumbrian Coast after sea damage

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Parton Bridge Damage Cumbrian Coast
Credit: Network Rail
Parton Bridge Damage Cumbrian Coast
Credit: Network Rail

Network Rail has announced that rail replacement buses are in operation on part of the Cumbrian Coast line after the damage was caused to a bridge at Parton.

60mph winds have waves from a 10m high tide damaged the railway underbridge at Parton. Rocks were thrown from the beach and cracked the walls and ceiling of the bridge.

Rail replacement buses are in operation on the Cumbrian Coast line between Parton and Whitehaven, until the structure is shored up and train services can continue.

For more information and details of the replacement buses, visit the Network Rail website.

What did the officials say?

Phil James, route director for the North West said:

“I am sorry for the disruption experienced by West Cumbrian passengers following damage to the bridge at Parton after yesterday’s high tides.

“We’re working very hard to make the necessary repairs to reopen the line to passenger and freight trains while still competing with high tides.

“Passengers wishing to travel on the Cumbrian Coast line should check nationalrail.co.uk as their journeys may take longer.”

Chris Jackson, Regional Director for Northern, said:

“Our colleagues at Network Rail are working around the clock to repair the damage and get the railway up and running again.

“In the meantime, I’m calling on all Northern passengers to be patient and plan their journeys carefully. We’ve introduced temporary timetables on the Cumbrian Coast line so trains will not be running at the usual times.

“We’re doing all we can to keep people on the move and will reintroduce a full service as soon as possible.”

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