Network Rail has today closed the Settle to Carlisle line after ground measurements detected further movement of a railway embankment at Eden Brow.
A large section of embankment below the two-track railway at Eden Brow slipped into the River Eden, running below, earlier this month. Trains were allowed to continue to use one of the tracks, but only at 5mph.
Engineers and geotechnical experts are designing a permanent repair and workers are on-site to solve the problem.
Network Rail’s route managing director Martin Frobisher said: “The safety of the railway is always our top priority.
“While we recognise the impact that closing this important route will have on many people, we need to close this railway line in order to undertake extensive repairs.
“Since movement of the embankment was first detected by aerial monitoring, we have had a team of experts on site to monitor conditions and to measure ground movement. This team measured significant movement of the embankment overnight and we have needed to close the line.
“Major repairs are needed and the line is likely to be shut for many weeks while these take place.”