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Birmingham to London train delays after landslide Birmingham to London landslide disruption to continue
(about 11 hours later)
Engineers have been working to clear the landslideEngineers have been working to clear the landslide
Commuters have faced travel disruption after a landslide blocked a railway between Coventry and Rugby. Commuters will face disruption until at least the end of service on Tuesday after a landslide blocked the railway between Coventry and Rugby.
Earth fell on to the tracks on Sunday afternoon causing train cancellations and diversions on routes between Birmingham and London Euston. Earth fell on to the tracks on Sunday afternoon causing cancellations and diversions on routes between Birmingham and London Euston.
London Northwestern Railway (LNR) services are only running between Birmingham and Coventry, and Northampton and Euston. West Midlands Railway (WMR) and London Northwestern Railway (LNR) operated buses between Coventry and Northampton.
Disruption is expected to continue into Tuesday. Major disruption will continue on Tuesday, National Rail said.
Rail replacement services running between Coventry and Northampton have been put in place. Avanti West Coast said its southbound services on the route had been diverted and may be subject to cancellations and delays.
Engineers are working to cut back and clear vegetation from the railway embankment. Both LNR and Avanti said while northbound train services could still operate, a reduced timetable or short-notice delays could be expected.
This "critical" task would help workers to understand the scale of the damage and to check that there was no risk of further landslips, Network Rail said. Engineers were working to cut back and clear vegetation from the railway embankment so workers could understand the scale of the damage and check there was no risk of further landslips, Network Rail said.
A second operator, Avanti West Coast, said its southbound services on the route had been diverted and may be subject to cancellations and delays. Disruption has also been anticipated for Tuesday
Trains are still running in the opposite direction but a reduced timetable is expected The operators have issued apologies.
LNR said while northbound train services could still operate, a reduced timetable was expected. Network Rail said it recommended passengers looking at National Rail Enquiries to see what journeys would be available.
Avanti advised passengers travelling north from London to Birmingham that while services were running, they may be subject to short-notice delays. Its route director James Dean stated: "Because it is so difficult to predict how much work's involved, we're very cautious about giving people false promises.
Both operators have issued apologies to passengers. "Safety is our priority, so we want to make sure that we offer the service back in a safe way, rather than rush the work that we've got on."
Jonny Wiseman, LNR customer experience director, said: "This landslip has resulted in a significant amount of earth movement next to the railway, meaning it is not safe to run trains through the area until Network Rail has completed emergency earthworks."
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