Scunthorpe landslip means no trains for seven days due to repair work

Ballast moved following landslip
Credit: Network Rail

Network Rail is urging passengers to check before travelling between Scunthorpe and Doncaster as essential repair work takes place after a landslip on Friday.

Since the landslip was found, engineers have been on site to monitor the area so that a reduced train service can run.

Network Rail has reopened another line via Brigg for freight services to allow them to divert around the area.

Between Thursday, 18 June and Thursday, 25 June, engineers will carry out work to stabilise the embankment.

Scunthorpe Landslip
Credit: Network Rail

To allow this work to be completed safely, no trains will be able to run on the line, meaning the following changes to trains:

  • Northern services will not run between Scunthorpe and Doncaster.
    • Bus replacement services will be in place, calling at all stations on the line.
  • TransPennine Express services will continue between Cleethorpes and Scunthorpe and between Doncaster and Manchester Piccadilly.
    • There will be rail replacement services in place between Scunthorpe and Doncaster.

Matt Rice, Route Director the North and East Route, said: “Since the landslip was discovered on Friday, our teams have worked around the clock to monitor the area and assess what is needed to repair the damage – all while keeping passengers moving safely on the line between Doncaster and Cleethorpes and by reopening another line to allow freight trains to divert around the site.

Impact of landslip on the railway embankment
Credit: Network Rail

“Those site assessments are now complete and the safest, quickest way to repair the damage is to close the line for seven days to allow 24 hours a day work to take place that will see the line returned to full speed and full capacity by 25 June.”

Steve Hopkinson, Regional Director at Northern, said: “Due to vital repairs being carried out between Scunthorpe and Doncaster we have had to make emergency changes to our timetable.

“From Thursday (18 June) rail replacement buses will operate between the two towns to help people get where they need to be while the repairs are completed.

“Social distancing measures will be in place on the buses and customers should wear a face-covering unless they are exempt.

“We really appreciate the patience and understanding of our customers during this difficult time and we’re working closely with Network Rail to get this issue resolved as soon as possible.”

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  1. I bet it’s due to bad weather and thunderstorms that has caused the landslip to occur that caused the closure. Not good. 🙁


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