West Yorkshire rail disruption to continue for days after landslip at Dewsbury

Landslip on railway at Dewsbury
The landslip damaged the line near Dewsbury. Credit: Network Rail

Train passengers are being warned that disruption to services will continue for several days after a landslip damaged part of the railway line in West Yorkshire.

One of the two lines close to Dewsbury station was closed on Wednesday after a retaining wall collapsed, causing the land to give way.

Network Rail said investigations were carried out overnight and repair work would take place in the coming days and throughout the weekend, with normal service expected to resume on Monday morning 

TransPennine Express and Northern services from Leeds towards Huddersfield are affected, with some services diverting onto other nearby lines.

Trains from Leeds are not calling at Morley, Batley, Dewsbury, Mirfield or Brighouse. Trains going towards Leeds from Huddersfield can still use the normal route but are subject to delays.

Matt Rice, of Network Rail, said: “Engineers are working flat out to get the train service back to normal as safely and as quickly as possible.

“I know this will be disruptive for some passengers over the next few days and into the weekend. I am sorry for the inconvenience caused, and would like to thank them and our lineside communities for their patience while the repairs take place."

Engineers are at the scene to carry out repairs.

Which routes are affected?

Northern services between Leeds and Wigan are impacted.

TransPennine Express services between Leeds and Huddersfield are facing disruption, along with those between Saltburn and Manchester Airport, and from both Newcastle and Scarborough to Manchester Piccadilly.

The route between between both Hull and Newcastle and Liverpool Lime Street is also affected.

Passengers are being urged to check before they travel.