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.”