Rail passengers on routes in Sheffield and Chesterfield face longer journeys and some cancellations from tomorrow following a landslip on the train tracks.
The hillside above the railway line through Unstone, Derbyshire, became unstable in the recent extremely wet weather, meaning one of the two tracks has had to be closed for safety reasons.
It is expected to remain closed for four to six weeks.
Trains have been running at a reduced speed through the area since the New Year but from tomorrow, train services will be diverted altogether while experts stabilise the hillside.
Phil Verster of Network Rail said: “We have done everything possible to maintain a normal service through Unstone but the continuing poor weather and movement of the bank means we will need to close one of the tracks. This decision has been taken to protect the safety of everyone who uses and works on the railway. We thank passengers and our freight customers for their patience as we deal with this situation.
“From the start of service on Tuesday 18 February we will need to alter train services in order to divert around this area while our expert teams stabilise the hillside. The line will fully reopen as quickly as it is safe to do so. At the moment we anticipate the work could take between four and six weeks. We will confirm the re-opening date as soon as possible.”
An hourly direct service between Sheffield and London will be maintained after Tuesday at nine minutes past the hour.
Passengers are advised to check National Rail Enquiries for specific journey information – 08457 48 49 50 or www.nationalrail.co.uk
Service alterations include:
- East Midlands Trains services between Sheffield and St Pancras will operate via Beighton with extended journey times of around 20 minutes
- Other East Midlands Trains services between Sheffield and Derby will start and terminate at Derby
- Northern Rail services between Leeds and Nottingham will start and terminate at Sheffield. Replacement buses will run between Sheffield and Chesterfield, calling at Dronfield
- East MidlandsTrains will run between Sheffield and Nottingham via an alternative route (Beighton), calling additionally at Langley Mill and at Alfreton as timetabled
- CrossCountry services will divert via Beighton with extended journey times.
- Freight traffic carrying cement aggregates and limestone from the peak district to the midlands, Anglia and the south west is also being diverted.