Disruption to trains south of Carlisle is likely to continue for the rest of the day. The delays have been caused by a broken down train.Read the full story ›
Network Rail has set out a plan to repair a 500,000 tonne landslip which has forced the closure of part of the Settle to Carlisle railway.
A new structure will be built underneath the railway to support the line and earthworks will also be used to stabilise the embankment.
"We have carefully considered many repair options and we are satisfied the one we're going with is the best.
"Our aim is to do a thorough job that leaves the Settle to Carlisle railway line in better shape than it was before this land slip. As well as tackling this problem we intend to bring forward other, less major jobs we have earmarked on the shut section of line.
"We are acutely mindful of the impact on communities served by this line, including businesses reliant on tourist trade. We are working to fix this slip as quickly as possible."
The Settle to Carlisle railway line was shut to all trains last night after aerial monitoring confirmed the scale of ground movement in the railway embankment at Appleby.
Engineers are planning repairs to fix the issue and minimise the chances of further landslips in the same area in the future.
A road replacement service for passengers will be in place between Appleby and Carlisle.
Consistent high levels of rainfall have saturated the ground and caused this slip, which has affected the stability of the railway through the area. Our aerial footage highlighted the scale of ground movement which has led us to close the line as a precaution while we confirm the next steps to tackle this issue. We do know extensive repairs will be needed to fix this."
As we near the opening of the new Borders Railway, our reporter Matthew Taylor has been looking back at the history of the Waverley Line, which closed amid fierce protests in 1969.
Watch his full report:
The second of our special reports looks at the history of the Borders Railway - starting with the closure of the Waverley Line in 1969.Read the full story ›
ITV Border has been given a glimpse of the new Borders Railway... our reporter Jenny Longden is on a train heading to the Borders.Read the full story ›
The Borders Railway has now opened to the public, but how much do you know about the track?
Here's some fun facts:
- 30 miles - the length of the new stretch of track
- £300 million - the cost to build it
- 1,100 workers - have been building it over the last year
- 132 bridges - that had to be refurbished or built
- 804,000 tonnes of earth - had to be shifted
- 25.4km of drains - were installed
- 25,000 bacon rolls - were eaten by workers
And the one figure that finally stopped increasing last weekend..?
It's been 46 years and eight months since the Waverley Line last carried passengers.
Scottish Borders singer George Inglis has released a special song serenading the new Borders Railway:
The £300m Borders Railway opens to the public on Sunday, and will be officially opened by the Queen next Wednesday.
Supermodel Anna Freemantle has been checking out the brand new Borders Railway, which opens to the public on Sunday.
This train, at Waverley Station, is on its way to the Borders right now.
We'll give you a glimpse of the first trip on Lookaround at 6pm, and on our website throughout the day.
Madge Elliot has led campaigns to re-open the Borders Railway, ever since its closure in 1969.
She's delighted the line to Tweedbank is finished, and will open to the public this weekend.
But she says the next aim should be to complete the link, and extend it to Carlisle.
I would like to see it back for the benefit of the young folk. The scenery alone would attract people from all over the world. The scenery between Hawick and Esk Bank is beautiful."