Services to resume three weeks early following repairs after landslip
Network Rail has confirmed that train services between Leamington Spa and Banbury will resume on Friday 13 March.
The railway has been closed since 31 January following a 350,000 tonne landslip near Harbury, a few miles south of Leamington Spa.
Mark Carne, chief executive of Network Rail, said: ‘We have been working around the clock and are able to reopen the railway three weeks ahead of the original estimate. Harbury cutting has suffered from landslips for more than 150 years. We have secured the cutting and made it safe and will carry out long term repairs which will significantly reduce the chances of similar incidents in the future.’
Network Rail says it will remain on site for several months after the railway reopens as works continues on the cutting and additional investigations of the surrounding area. The section of railway which has not been used for the duration of the closure will be fully tested before reopening.
Discussions will also take place with local people regarding the final landscaping of the area around the cutting.