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Rugby MP Mark Pawsey visits site of landslip as Network Rail engineers get the trains back on track

Written by on February 15, 2021

Article Published on Monday February 15, 2021 1:23 PM by


Rugby MP Mark Pawsey visits site of landslip as Network Rail engineers get the trains back on track


Rugby’s MP Mark Pawsey has visited the site of a landslip in Hillmorton to see Network Rail’s repair works as the West Coast Main Line reopened.

After heavy rain during Storm Christoph left the ground unstable, Network Rail engineers have spent just over two weeks moving thousands of tonnes of earth on the West Coast Main Line at Hillmorton, near Rugby. The disruption caused by the diversions and speed restrictions put in place for safety mean that London Northwestern Railway temporarily withdrew its service between Crewe and London Euston for a fortnight.

Mark visited the site Network Rail Engineers were completing their repairs, which included rebuilding a 10-metres high and 40-metre long embankment, laying 10,000 tonnes of new stone to improve drainage and installing new foundations and special pins to prevent future movement.

Speaking after visiting the site, Mark commented:

“As someone who regularly uses the railway to travel between Rugby and London, I was keen to visit the site of the landslip and see for myself the progress being made to resolve this issue. It’s very impressive to see how swiftly Network Rail’s team have been able to restore the embankment, especially in the very challenging weather conditions of recent days. I also wanted to thank Network Rail’s key workers, who have kept the trains running throughout the lockdown.”

Mark continued:

“As part of the ongoing work to the embankment, Network Rail told me that they will ensure that the biodiversity on the site will be maintained and improved through a new planting scheme which I know will be appreciated by local residents.”

Ellen Wintle, infrastructure director for Network Rail’s West Coast South route, added:

“I’m really proud of my team for working all hours to get this vital section of the West Coast Main Line secure and back up and running again for our passenger and freight customers. Because this landslip was spotted early we were able to control the damage and carry out repairs quickly, reducing the length of time passengers and freight would be disrupted. I thank people whose essential journeys were slightly longer during the work for their patience while we worked tireless to make the railway safe and secure again.”


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