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Landslide causes disruption for Thames Valley rail users

Disruption to rail travel between Banbury & Leamington Spa continues Credit: Bing

Rail passengers across the Thames Valley have faced misery today after a landslide blocked part of the line from Oxfordshire to the Midlands.

The landslide happened on Saturday afternoon near Harbury Tunnel in Warwickshire. The incident closed the line between Banbury and Leamington Spa.

It means services on the Chiltern Line - are seriously affected. Network Rail says it's still too dangerous to access the site as three hundred thousand tonnes of earth and rock is still moving. Callum Watkinson reports.

The interviewees are: Liam Sumpter from Network Rail; and Thomas Ableman from Chiltern Railways.

TRAVEL - TRAINS: Chiltern line Marylebone station shut

The closure of Marylebone station in London remains in place following a cable fire. A statement from Chiltern Railways explaining the problem said:

"Around 2 metres of signalling cable in the tunnel into the station has burned away meaning the signalling system is not working.

"Without signals we cannot safely run trains, so are not running to or from Marylebone until new cables are installed and tested. We are not sure how long this will take, but we may not be able to run until Monday morning.

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New railway will ease overcrowding for commuters

Work is underway on a £300 million project to create a new railway line linking Oxford and London Marylebone. The new Chiltern Railways route should ease overcrowding across the Thames Valley with more trains to the capital.

Interviewees: Patrick McLoughlin, Transport Secretary and Rob Brighouse, Managing Director of Chiltern Railways

Work starts on new Oxford to Marylebone rail route

Transport Secretary in Oxfordshire for new rail route project

The Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has been in Oxfordshire today to start work on a multi-million pound project to create a new rail line between Oxford and London Marylebone.

The new Chiltern Railways route should ease overcrowding across the Thames Valley with more trains to the capital.

New track will be laid near Bicester where a new station is due to open in Summer 2015, and there will also be a new parkway station at Kidlington.

The journey to London will be less than an hour and the work will take a year to complete. The Transport Secretary said it was frustrating how long it had taken to get the project underway.

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