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Politicians praise rail repairs

Rail works

Major repairs carried out by Network Rail after a landslip closed a railway line between Buxton and Manchester in June have impressed local politicians.

The line was closed after flash floods on 12 and 13 June caused 6,000t of earth and material to be dislodged, resulting in extensive damage to the track.

Despite the scale and complexity of repairs to areas between Middlewood and Disley, the railway was reopened in under two weeks.

Local politicians saw the repairs first-hand when they visited the site last week.

“We welcomed the opportunity to show David Rutley MP and councillor Harold Davenport the extensive repairs we undertook to the railway following the storm damage earlier this year,” said Network Rail route asset manager Tony Butler.

“The work we have undertaken will mean the railway in this location will be more resilient to extreme weather, resulting in a more reliable service for passengers.”

Macclesfield MP David Rutley added: “It was impressive to see the quality of the major repairs at Disley and Middlewood stations after the flooding in June.

“The Network Rail team deserves real praise for their speed of response and for making passengers’ safety a clear priority.”

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