West Coast Mainline closed north of Carlisle after flood damage | West Coast Main Line

Flooding has damaged part of the West Coast Main Line, meaning no trains will run between Carlisle and Glasgow until January 6, Network Rail said.

The company said an embankment under the railway was significantly damaged by extreme weather on December 30 and required “significant work to stabilize and repair the track foundations to allow the railway to reopen safely. “.

He said engineers were working to remove landslide material from a 40m-long section of the line near Carstairs in south Lanarkshire and reinforce it with more than 200 tonnes of new stone.

They will then lay the runway above and check the signal systems, which they say will take several days.

A Network Rail spokesperson said: ‘The flooding has caused significant damage under the track and we will need to rebuild the support embankment before the line reopens.

“This is a very difficult project, but we understand the inconvenience the closure of the line will cause to customers and we are working hard to reopen the railway as quickly as possible.”

A spokesman for Avanti West Coast, which operates trains on the line, said: ‘While our colleagues at Network Rail are working hard to reopen affected parts of the line damaged by the landslide caused by weather extremes, our advice to customers is not to travel to and from Scotland on the West Coast Main Line.

“Customers are advised not to travel north of Carlisle as there are no services. A modified timetable is in place between Carlisle and London Euston.

“Customers traveling south of Carlisle are strongly advised to check their route before travelling. We thank our customers for their patience in very difficult circumstances.

“If you are no longer able to travel, you can request a full refund free of charge from where you purchased your ticket. For more travel information, please visit www.avantiwestcoast.co.uk .

Passengers planning to travel between Glasgow/Edinburgh and Carlisle should check their journey before traveling with Network Rail or with their rail operator.

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