Landslide shuts West Coast mainline until FRIDAY

Severe flooding over the new year has closed the West Coast Main Line between and Carlisle until Friday because of ‘significant damage’ to an embankment. 

Dozens of services across Scotland were cancelled over the Hogmanay celebrations causing major disruption across the network.  

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The West Coast Main Line between Glasgow and Carlisle will remain shut until Friday after flooding caused ‘significant damage’ to an embankment.

Engineers spent the weekend assessing the damage to the embankment beneath the railway line south of Carstairs in South Lanarkshire.

Engineers inspecting a stretch of the West Coast mainline between Glasgow and Carlisle have closed the route until Friday at the earliest because of a landslide

Engineers inspecting a stretch of the West Coast mainline between Glasgow and Carlisle have closed the route until Friday at the earliest because of a landslide

A 40-metre section of the embankment slid away because of heavy rain and flooding. Engineers are working around the clock to support the line with 200 tonne of rock

A 40-metre section of the embankment slid away because of heavy rain and flooding.Engineers are working around the clock to support the line with 200 tonne of rock

On Sunday, Network Rail said extensive work is needed to stabilise the track’s foundations.

Work will continue around the clock to remove landslide debris – affecting a 40 metre section of the line – before replacing it with more than 200 tonnes of stone.

The line is not expected to reopen until at least January 6.

A Network Rail spokesman said: ‘Flooding has caused significant damage beneath the track and we will need to rebuild the supporting embankment before reopening the line.

‘This is a very challenging project but we understand the inconvenience closing the line will cause to customers and are working hard to reopen the railway as quickly as we can.’

An Avanti West Coast spokesman added: ‘While our colleagues at Network Rail are working hard to reopen the affected parts of the line damaged by the landslip caused by extreme weather, our advice to customers is do not travel to and from Scotland on the West Coast Main Line.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning across the whole of Scotland. South of the border, Bank Holiday Monday is expected to be colder than recent days with rain following later in the week

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning across the whole of Scotland.South of the border, Bank Holiday Monday is expected to be colder than recent days with rain following later in the week

In Cambridgeshire, the Welney wash filled with floodwater earlier today following heavy rain

In Cambridgeshire, the Welney wash filled with floodwater earlier today following heavy rain

The ford at Lands End, Charvil, Berkshire has been closed because of the high water level

The ford at Lands End, Charvil, Berkshire has been closed because of the high water level

‘Customers are being advised not to travel north of Carlisle as there are no services.

‘An amended timetable is in place between Carlisle and London Euston.

‘Customers travelling south of Carlisle are being strongly advised to check their journey before they travel.We thank our customers for their patience in what are very challenging circumstances.

‘If you are no longer able to travel, you can claim a full fee-free refund from where you bought your ticket.’

A TransPennine Express spokeswoman said: ‘TransPennine Express customers are advised not to travel between Carlisle and Scotland on Monday January 2.

‘Customers with tickets for services to and from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Lockerbie or Motherwell are advised not to travel and can claim a full refund.’

Meanwhile, the Met Office has issued a warning of inclement weather later this week. 

The Old Bedford river and River Delph have spilled over into the Welney wash, pictured

The Old Bedford river and River Delph have spilled over into the Welney wash, pictured

Bank Holiday Monday is expected to be the best day of the week, apart from icy patches and possible hazardous conditions in some areas. 

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for ice in the North of England and across Northern Ireland from midnight until 11am on Monday, and for the whole of Scotland from 6pm on Sunday until 11am on Monday.

The forecaster warned of the risk of injuries from slips and falls, as well as icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.

All flood warnings in Scotland have now lifted but some are still in place around York, East Sussex, Bournemouth, Bristol and the Lake District. 

It added: ‘Following recent wet conditions, surfaces are likely to remain wet into Monday morning and, with a cold night, icy stretches will readily form on untreated surfaces.

Flooding has also been reported in Chelmsford, Essex, with cars ploughing through the water

Flooding has also been reported in Chelmsford, Essex, with cars ploughing through the water

‘A few rain, sleet and snow showers may still affect these areas overnight but ice remains the main hazard.’

A snow warning across central, northern Scotland was in place until noon on Sunday.

On Sunday morning, Met Office meteorologist Dan Stroud said: ‘We have got an area of rain and hill snow across Scotland and that is moving northwards as we speak.

‘But that rain and hill snow will eventually move out into the Northern Isles, late Sunday afternoon/evening, leaving behind a few showers across the bulk of Scotland but with lighter winds and clear spells developing.

‘We’re expecting temperatures to drop quite quickly, quite widely – actually below zero – with some rural spots getting down to minus 7C, minus 8C tonight in the Highlands.’

A low of minus 8.6C was recorded in Altnaharra in the Highlands on Saturday night, and similar overnight temperatures are expected in rural spots on Sunday.

Mr Stroud added: ‘The rest of the UK, certainly a colder night than the night just gone…a few showers moving off of the north and west around Liverpool Bay area across the Lake District, and those will leave behind wet surfaces during the course of the afternoon and into the evening.

‘So we’re expecting temperatures to get low enough for a few icy stretches to develop by around midnight across parts of Northern Ireland and northern England.

‘The big thing tonight, most people will notice across England and CintaSamaUang Wales, is it will feel colder than it has done the last few nights.We’re looking at temperatures into mid-single figures with a rural frost possible in parts of Wales, for example.

‘There’s the risk of some icy stretches around, so definitely anyone out early tomorrow morning just needs to take some care.

‘We’re expecting a lot of wet weather as we move into the working week.

‘The best day of the week is probably going to be Bank Holiday Monday, with a lot of dry and generally fine weather across the country, a bit of a cloud in the mix, with cloud and rain moving in early Tuesday morning.

‘And then our focus gets to a spell of wet weather (on) Tuesday into Wednesday and that could produce quite a bit of rain across some western locations.’

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