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Revised timetable put in place following landslip

Rail companies say the line and surrounding area is still at risk of greater damage if the ground moves again Credit: Chiltern Railways

The line remains blocked between Banbury and Leamington Spa due to a landslip, so there are no trains are running along that line.

Engineers say there is the potential for further ground movement, so they expect the line to be closed until at least Saturday 7 February.

Chiltern Railways has published a revised timetable, and CrossCountry has also released travel advice for passengers.

Two routes are currently affected:

  • Chiltern Railways trains between Birmingham Snow Hill / Birmingham Moor Street / Stratford-upon-Avon and London Marylebone
  • CrossCountry trains between Manchester Piccadilly / Newcastle and Bournemouth / Reading / Guildford

Major landslip causes rail disruption

There has been an extremely significant landslip in the Harbury area between Leamington Spa and Banbury affecting both train lines and the tunnel. After an initial assessment it is estimated that around 350,000 tonnes of material will need to be removed and the line between Leamington Spa and Banbury will have to remain closed for at least one week to allow for an investigation to determine the scale of the problem.

Major landslip Credit: Network Rail

Engineers are currently monitoring the site to see if it continues to move and to know if it’s safe to begin a detailed assessment, which may take several days. This is a known problem area experiencing elevated levels of ground water and engineers continue to work with local landowners to try and rectify and control the situation safely.

Landslip near Railway tracks Credit: Network Rail

Customers using Chiltern Railway and Crosscountry services are asked to check the National Rail website before they travel for any service modifications

Rail disruption after landslip Credit: Network Rail

Services between Manchester and Bournemouth and Newcastle, Reading and Southampton are currently being disrupted. There are bus replacement services operating between Leamington Spa and Banbury (and between Leamington Spa and Oxford for Sunday 1 Feb only). A revised service is in effect between Banbury and Marylebone, Birmingham and Leamington Spa, and Stratford upon Avon and Leamington Spa. Passengers for London are encouraged to drive to Banbury and use the large multi-storey carpark there. For those travelling north, Warwick Parkway is the best station to drive to.


Faster service promised for commuters

A high-speed Javelin train travelled along the East Sussex coast for the first time today - in what's being billed as a 'transformational' moment for transport and regeneration.

The arrival of the train was a PR stunt. But the Government - and Network Rail - say it underlines an 'absolute commitment' to extending HS1 from Ashford in Kent to Hastings, Eastbourne and Bexhill. Derek Johnson reports.

Swanage Railway breaks records during 2014

Record-breaking year for Swanage Railway Credit: Meridian

Swanage Railway volunteers and staff are celebrating after their heritage line carried a record-breaking 216,267 passengers during 2014 - that's more than the combined populations of Bournemouth, Wimborne and Bridport.

And there is further cause for celebration because festive 'Santa Special' steam trains carried a record-breaking 9,205 passengers.


Delays of up to 50 minutes between Woking and Basingstoke

Signalling problems at Farnborough Main are causing delays of up to 50 minutes between Woking and Basingstoke.

Disruption is expected to continue until 15:00.

Cancellations and short notice alterations expected for some time

South West Trains said cancellations and short notice alterations should be expected for some time.

Train services running through Southampton station may be cancelled, delayed by up to 60 mins or revised at short notice. Disruption is expected until 4:00pm.

Signalling problems at Farnborough Main are causing delays of up to 35 minutes between Woking and Basingstoke.

Replacement Transport has been arranged and will operate between Fareham and Southampton Central and Eastleigh and Southampton Central.

Mutual ticket acceptance has been agreed between South West Trains, Southern, CrossCountry & First Great Western in the area. Customers may use any operators services to complete their journey.

Passengers now stranded at Basingstoke station

Southampton passengers who were told to take the diesel CrossCountry service are now stranded at Basingstoke due to signalling problems.

Train services running through Basingstoke can expect delays at short notice. There is currently no estimate for when services will resume as normal.

Passengers stranded at Basingstoke. Credit: JonathanMarland/ITV
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