Rail line reopens after landslide

Landslip at Buxworth
Landslip at Buxworth

A BUSY Peak District rail line has reopened following a landslide caused by the weekend’s heavy rain.

Network Rail engineers and contractors worked around the clock to reopen the main Manchester to Sheffield line, which was closed as a precaution after the landslip at Buxworth on Saturday evening, which also blocked one lane of the B6062.

Approximately 400 tonnes of stone was used to rebuild the embankment, aided by heavy earth-moving machinery and lighting columns.

The Sheffield-bound line opened on Sunday morning with a 5mph speed restriction. Following the completion of work on Sunday evening, both lines reopened this morning (Monday) with a 20mph restriction.

Jo Kaye, from Network Rail, said: “We liaised with train operators so they could offer customers a service on the Sunday, and we got the work completed to get both lines open in time for the Monday.”