Proposed West Coast mainline work cancelled after landslide

Pictures from landslip at Harbury tunnel
Pictures from landslip at Harbury tunnel
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Rail passengers commuting from Preston and Lancaster to London on the West Coast mainline will be pleased to hear work has been cancelled over two weekends in February.

The work to improve the main line from London Euston over the weekend of 14 and 15 and February 21 and 22 would have seen passengers redirected onto services using the Chiltern route between Birmingham, Banbury and London Marylebone.

Now, due to the Chiltern route is currently blocked owing to a huge 350,000 tonne landslide that happened on January 31 and will remain closed for several weeks.

Phil Bearpark, Executive Director for Operations and Projects said: “Network Rail’s decision is in the best interests of passengers who would have been left with no alternative services to and from London when work on the West Coast Main Line at Watford took place.

“We are working very hard with Network Rail and other train operators to put in place a timetable that makes best use of the space now available.”

Mark Carne, chief executive, said: “Passengers must come first and with the alternative route from Birmingham to London now blocked we have made the right decision to ensure journeys can still be made.”

Special timetables for these weekends will be published by individual operators available at www.nationalrail.co.uk