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Landslip repairs nearing completion near Chesterfield

Rail services in Sheffield and Chesterfield area are expected to return to normal following three weeks of disruption as a result of a landslide at Unstone.

Network Rail has said it expects full services to resume on 8 March, which is less than three weeks since the landslide closed the two rail lines.

Forecasts for repairs following the landslide in a cutting on 18 February estimated that the reprofiling work would take four to six weeks to complete and the line would remain closed during this period.

“The work completed so far has prioritised making the track safe so that trains can run but work to fully stabilise the hillside will continue for several months yet,” said Network Rail route managing director Phil Verster.” Trains will run at a slightly reduced speed past the worksite but this will not significantly affect journey times.”

Work on removing material heaved by the toe of the landslide will be undertaken overnight on Friday and the affected tracks will be relaid ahead of the first trains operating on Saturday.

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