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Time-lapse of repairs to Settle to Carlisle line

The line has been closed between Armathwaite and Carlisle since a 500,000 tonne landslip occurred when flooding and bad weather hit Cumbria in winter 2015/16.

Since then Network has worked to repair the landslip and stabilise the railway along this section of the Settle-Carlisle railway line.

Complex repairs to Settle to Carlisle railway

Passenger trains are running on the whole of the Carlisle-Settle Line again for the first time in more than a year.

A stretch of the route in Cumbria had been shut since February 2016 following flood damage.

Network Rail engineers have been repairing the iconic line after a 500,000 tonne landslip near Armathwaite.


Excitement builds for Scotsman's visit

Excitement is building in Southern Scotland ahead of the Flying Scotsman's visit today.

The journey, which had been in the pipeline for two years, was cancelled on Friday night after Network Rail announced it had not had time to check the Scotsman's route. However yesterday afternoon the tour was reconfirmed.

Train passengers advised to 'check before you travel'

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Network Rail has advised train passengers to check before they travel as the Border region braces for the arrival of Storm Gertrude.

Forecasters are predicting winds to strengthen and rain to move in this evening, with up to 70mph winds. The severe weather is predicted to continue throughout the weekend and into early next week.

Cautionary speed restrictions of 50mph will be in place on Friday morning on the West Coast main line between Tebay and Oxenholme. Restrictions will also be in place between Settle and Carlisle.

We are drafting in additional teams in preparation for Storm Gertrude’s arrival and our advice to passengers is to check before you travel, using With a lot of rain falling on already saturated ground, there is the potential for localised flooding which may cause disruption for passengers."

– Network Rail spokesperson

Virgin Trains to run as planned on Monday and Tuesday

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Virgin Trains has reinstated normal services on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 May following the cancellation of strike action by members of the RMT and TSSA unions.

The planned industrial action by members of the RMT and TSSA unions that work for track and infrastructure operator, Network Rail has been suspended.

"As a result of this Virgin Trains will now be running its originally timetabled services on the West Coast Mainline on both Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 May.

"This refers to Virgin Trains services on the West Coast, for Virgin Trains East Coast please click here.

"Please note that the planned engineering work to be conducted by Network Rail between Saturday 23 and Monday 25 will go ahead as planned so customers travelling on these dates are still advised to check before they travel."

– Statement, Virgin Trains
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