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Colliery landslip halts rail services near Doncaster

Rail services between Goole and Doncaster have been halted after a landslip in a colliery spoil, which was first noticed on Sunday, deteriorated.

“We have been carefully monitoring the track near Hatfield colliery at Stainforth since Saturday afternoon when a train driver reported a “rough ride”,” said a spokesman for Network Rail. “Train services in the area have been carefully managed to protect safety.

“Unfortunately conditions have deteriorated significantly and it is no longer possible to run services through the area. We anticipate that there will be disruption to services between Doncaster and Goole and Doncaster and Scunthorpe for some time.

“Our engineers are working with the colliery to plan the safe repair of the track bed and railway once the spoil heap has been stabilised. We understand it will take several days to complete the stabilisation work.
“Our initial estimate is that it will take approximately eight weeks to repair the damage after the colliery has completed its work. We will confirm this timescale as possible and apologise to passengers for the significant inconvenience caused.”

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  • My immediate reaction is "how could this happen?". On the one side is Network Rail with significant procedures to assess potential geotechnical risks to their assets. And on the other side is the Coal Authority and ..... Lets just say Aberfan is just over 46 years ago ! I guess there will be special circumstances and I look forward to further insight through NCE and GE.

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