Work to repair the railway line damaged by a collapsed spoil heap at Hatfield Colliery in south Yorkshire could take two months longer than expected, Network Rail has said today.
It was originally thought that the line could be restored as soon as July, but difficult conditions and bad weather have delayed progress.
“This site is incredibly complex and, if not properly managed, potentially dangerous,” said route managing director Phil Verster. “We have been actively involved on site for several weeks but the processes required to make the ground safe to work on are slowed than we had hoped.
“I fully appreciate the importance of restoring a direct rail service to communities and businesses in Cleethorpes, Scunthorpe, Goole and other places affected by the slip and my team and I are committed to do so as quickly as possible. We continue to aim for restoration of services in July, however we now anticipate that the railway may not be repaired until September this year.”
The landslip was first noticed on 9 February. Network Rail monitored the situation before suspending rail services on 12 February.