Tuesday 9 Feb 2021
Network Rail carrying out urgent work to stabilise the track near Harlington station
Network Rail is carrying out essential work to stabilise the track north of Harlington station after recent bad weather damaged the railway embankment.
Since the wintry weather hit the area over the weekend, teams have monitored the site and done safety inspections. They now need to carry out essential work to stabilise the ground.
From tonight (Tuesday 9 February) work will take place to install steel piles in the embankment, to help prevent further ground movement and protect the railway.
In order for this work to be carried out, a slightly amended train service is running, which means there are only two trains per hour at Harlington and Flitwick stations, instead of the regular four. Trains through the area are also running at a reduced speed, which means there are some delays and journeys will take longer.
People must continue to follow the latest Government guidance and stay at home, except for limited reasons. Passengers who need to make essential journeys are strongly advised to check before travelling via National Rail Enquiries or with their train operator and allow plenty of time.
Network Rail is working with Govia Thameslink Railway and East Midlands Railway to make sure that passengers who have to travel can do so safely with appropriate social distancing.
Teams are working to keep disruption to a minimum for people who live near the railway. Network Rail has delivered letters to residents with more details about the work, to let them know that there will be some noise and vibrations.
All of the work is being carried out in line with the latest Government guidance and is expected to be completed in March.
Gary Walsh, Route Director for Network Rail’s East Midlands route, said: “We’re really sorry this work near Harlington is taking place at such short notice. It’s crucial that we stabilise the track so services can continue running safely and reliably for passengers who need to make essential journeys.
“The wintry weather brings many challenges to the railway - which is why our teams work around the clock to monitor sites and carry out any essential work. As the weather has changed over the last few days, we need to take action now to prevent further damage.
“We want to thank passengers for continuing to follow the latest Government guidance and strongly advise those who must travel to check their journeys and allow plenty of time.”
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