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Railway between Leamington Spa and Banbury reopens three weeks early


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Railway between Leamington Spa and Banbury reopens three weeks early
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date
13 March 2015
source Network Rail
type Press release



The railway between Leamington Spa and Banbury, which was closed after a 350,000 tonne landslip near Harbury, has reopened.

Network Rail has reopened the railway less than six weeks after the landslip occurred, resulting in the full reinstatement of Chiltern Railway s direct services between Birmingham and London Marylebone, CrossCountry s services from the south coast to the north of England, and vital freight routes from Southampton port to the Midlands.

The 0515 Chiltern Railways service from Birmingham Moor Street to London Marylebone was the first passenger service to travel through the area this morning (13 March) following the landslip on 31 January.

Mark Carne, chief executive of Network Rail, said  The reopening of the railway, three weeks ahead of schedule, is welcome news for passengers and freight operators. It is also a testament to the hard work of hundreds of people who have worked 24 hours a day to make it possible.

 Everything was done to reopen this essential line - which is relied upon by thousands of passengers every day and used to transport thousands of tonnes of freight  as safely and quickly as possible.

 I thank passengers and the residents of Harbury for their patience while we carried out this vital work. I can assure them that the ongoing repairs being made are long term solutions which will significantly reduce the chances of similar incidents in the future.

Rob Brighouse, managing director at Chiltern Railways, said:  The Chiltern Mainline is a vital link for both commuters and business travellers and we are delighted to restore direct services between London and the West Midlands.

 Thanks must be given to our partners at Network Rail, who have worked tirelessly, day and night to make the area safe and to our passengers for their patience. During the closure we introduced a reduced fare structure and we can announce an extension of this for both day and season tickets until the end of April.

Andy Cooper, managing director of CrossCountry said:   Getting the line open again before the large numbers of people expected to travel this weekend to visit their family for Mother s Day is great news for our customers. We are thankful to Network Rail s engineers for their tremendous efforts in beating their earlier estimate of an Easter reopening, and especially to our customers for their patience and understanding while the work was completed.

Harbury cutting has suffered from landslips since it was built more than 150 years ago. Network Rail will remove more than 300,000 tonnes of material to regrade the slope of the cutting to make it more stable and less susceptible to landslips. The long term repairs to the cutting are expected to take several months.

ENDS

Jon Crampton
Media relations manager
(West Midlands and north west)
Network Rail
t: 0161 880 3142
m: 07713301440
@networkrailPR
www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk


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