Network Rail teams working to repair suspected landslip in Dewsbury as trains disrupted: Suspected landslip causing delays to train services near Dewsbury (1), Network Rail

Wednesday 8 Nov 2023

Network Rail teams working to repair suspected landslip in Dewsbury as trains disrupted

Region & Route:
| Eastern: North & East

Passengers are being encouraged to check their journey before travelling as train services in the Dewsbury area are facing disruption due to a suspected landslip.

Currently, one of the two lines in the area is closed affecting services from Leeds towards Huddersfield with a diversion in place. Trains heading towards Leeds are still running but are subject to delays.

Network Rail teams are on site investigating the problem and are working around the clock to repair the issue. However, disruption is expected to carry on into Thursday while repair work continues and a further update will be provided.

Passengers are being encouraged to check their journey before they travel via National Rail Enquiries or their train operator, with TransPennine Express and Northern trains being affected. As a result of diversions, services from Leeds will not call at Morley, Batley, Dewsbury, Mirfield and Brighouse.  

Ticket acceptance is in place between both operators, with passengers are encouraged to check online or via their operator’s social media channels for up-to-date information.

Matt Rice, Route Director for Network Rail’s North & East route, said: “Our teams are working hard to repair damage to the railway in Dewsbury. While we want to minimise disruption to travellers, the safety of passengers is our top priority.

“We are sorry for the inconvenience this will cause to journeys and we want to thank passengers for their patience and understanding while we carry out this work.”

A spokesperson on behalf of Northern and TransPennine Express said: “We want to thank our passengers for their patience as Network Rail carries out essential work to the railway in Dewsbury. There is a reduced service in place which is expected to continue into Thursday.

“We are advising passengers to check before they travel with National Rail Enquiries or via their train operator.”

Notes to Editors

Changes to Northern services

Leeds to Wigan Wallgate via Dewsbury - Services in this direction are currently being diverted via Bradford Interchange and will not call at Morley, Batley, Dewsbury, Mirfield and Brighouse.

Wigan Wallgate to Leeds via Dewsbury - Service operating as booked at present

Alternative travel suggestions:

Passengers are advised to change at Bradford Interchange onto the Huddersfield service - this calls at Brighouse. Passengers can then travel from Huddersfield back towards Leeds on Transpennine Express services for intermediate stations.

Alternatively passengers can travel to Sowerby Bridge and board a service back in the Leeds direction via Brighouse and intermediate stations.

Some diverted Transpennine Express services from Leeds will call at Mirfield, passengers can also use this option to connect with a service coming back towards Leeds via intermediate stations.

Contact information

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03457 11 41 41

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Joshua Chapman
Media Relations Manager
Network Rail

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