Engineers at Hatfield Colliery in South Yorkshire have this week begun moving about 1M.m³ of spoil following a major land slip to allow repairs on rail line.
While the spoil is being moved, Network Rail teams are completing land investigations, designing repairs and clearing vegetation.
“Because of the nature of the material in the spoil heap the work to stabilise it and remove the material from the railway is complex and will take some time,” said Network Rail’s route managing director Phil Verster.
“Our estimate for the completed repair remains early July but this is an estimate. I thank passengers for their continued patience and assure them we are doing everything we can to restore a full service as quickly as possible.”
The landslip was first noticed on 9 February. Network Rail monitored the situation before suspending rail services on 12 February.