Disruption For West Midlands Rail Passengers

2 February 2015, 09:39

Rail passengers will face at least a week of disruption after a major landslip left around 350,000 tonnes of earth dangerously close to a railway track in Warwickshire.

Engineers are monitoring a stretch of a railway line in the Harbury area after a section of land around 160m long slipped next to the railway.

The landslide has forced the closure of the line between between Leamington Spa and Banbury.

Network Rail said the site was "incredibly dangerous'' because the slipped earth is still moving, making it unsafe for staff to even get to it to decide what needs to be done.

The slip occurred around 3pm on Saturday. No trains were on the line at the time and it was not covered by the earth.

Engineers were at the site on Sunday to examine the extent of the damage and to see how much it is still moving. It is not known when it will be safe to begin work there, Network Rail said, and an assessment of the area may take several days.

Chiltern Railway and Crosscountry services are expected to run to a revised timetable over the coming week, and passengers are advised to check before they travel.

Network Rail said the area where the slip occurred was a known problem area that had high levels of ground water.

The company apologised for the disruption.