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Harbury open ‘by Easter’

 

Over 100,000 tonnes of earth removed so far

Network Rail has confirmed that the railway line between Leamington Spa and Banbury will reopen by Easter (Thursday 2 April).

The route has been closed since 31 January following a landslip near Harbury, a few miles south of Leamington Spa, with over 350,000 tonnes of earth needing to be moved.

Network Rail says that of this over 100,000 tonnes have been removed so far, and sophisticated monitoring equipment has been installed to track the continuing movement of the slip.

NR chief executive Mark Carne, said: ‘We’ve been working around the clock to safely reopen the railway as soon as possible and are now able to give passengers and freight operators confirmation that services between Leamington Spa and Banbury will restart by Easter.’

Bus replacement services have been introduced between Banbury and Leamington Spa and will continue until the line reopens.

NR was previously carrying out stabilisation work following a landslip in February 2014 when the slope failed. Mr Carne added: ‘This cutting has suffered from landslips since it was built in the 1840s and we are looking at what new engineering solutions are available to make it safer and less at risk to landslips in the future.’

Murphy is the main contractor working at the site on behalf of Network Rail.

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