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VIDEO: Part of Settle to Carlisle line closed for several months

VIDEO: Part of Settle to Carlisle line closed for several months

Published at 8:10pm 14th February 2016. (Updated at 8:20pm 14th February 2016)

Passengers on the Settle to Carlisle railway are set to face months of disruption after a major landslip.

The line has been closed at Eden Brows, between Appleby and Carlisle, after aerial surveys and ground monitoring revealed that the embankment had moved so much that it was no longer safe to run trains.

An estimated 500,000 tonnes of earth have moved already and the embankment is still moving.

Network Rail’s team of geotechnical specialists are carrying out detailed ground investigations using borehole equipment and the results of these measurements will be used to come up with a long-term solution to the problem.

Contractors have started to build access roads and compounds so that heavy machinery can get to where it's needed and construction work for the repairs can start as soon as the design is finalised.

Martin Frobisher, Network Rail’s Route Managing Director, said: "Our monitoring has detected a twist fault in the tracks caused by the ground movement. The slip is accelerating and it is not safe to run trains in this situation.

"The River Eden has severely eroded the base of the embankment. This, combined with the recent repeated storms and saturated ground, caused the landslip.

"This line is a vital rail link across the North of England and I am very aware of how important the railway is to the local community and local economy.

"I can assure everyone that we are doing all we can to design a lasting solution and to reopen the railway as quickly as possible. We will continue to work with Northern Rail to keep passengers and communities informed of what we are doing and the progress we are making."

Alex Hynes, Managing Director of Northern Rail, added: "This is clearly another challenging and complex engineering project for Network Rail to tackle.

"While their engineers assess the extent of the work, we will continue to ensure our customers are kept on the move, up to date with the latest information and that disruption is kept to a minimum.

"We will be operating train services between Leeds and Appleby, with a replacement bus service running between Appleby and Carlisle."

You can check for updates at www.northernrail.org and www.nationalrail.co.uk