Friday 29 Jan 2021
Emergency repairs secure railway after landslip in Kidderminster
Emergency repair work has taken place to repair a landslip on the railway in Kidderminster so passengers could be kept on the move.
Teams from Network Rail worked overnight to shore up a railway cutting which collapsed next to the Railway Train pub at Offmore Road at around 4pm yesterday (January 28).
Trains through the area were suspended so railway workers could clear a small amount of debris from the track.
Response teams also worked with fire and rescue services to remove a car left close to the edge of the partial ground collapse.
Concrete blocks were lifted into place overnight as a temporary repair. This meant trains could run again today between Stourbridge and Droitwich - albeit at a reduced speed of 20mph.
Dave Penney, Network Rail’s Central route director: “We’re sorry to passengers affected by the landslip caused by recent wet weather in Kidderminster. The sheer amount of rain we’ve had has caused the railway cutting to partially collapse and we immediately closed the railway to keep passengers safe and put our plan into action for the repairs.
“This meant trains could run again today through the area at slower speeds. Specialist engineers will be carrying out a permanent fix over the coming weeks.”
Passengers making essential journeys are being advised to check www.nationalrail.co.uk as train times will be affected while the repairs continue.
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