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Published on : Thursday, June 16, 2016
Up to 6,000 tonnes of material were dislodged and washed away after flash floods during Sunday afternoon (12 June) and the early hours of Monday morning (13 June).
In order to reopen the railway and resume services as quickly as possible, Network Rail’s orange army will be working quickly and safely to repair the damage as soon as possible. The work involves rebuilding a section of embankment and removing and replacing track and ballast – the stone which provides the foundation of the railway – near Middlewood station.
Terry Strickland, area director for Network Rail said: “Nearly two inches of rain in less than two hours is fairly exceptional and the damage it caused to the railway was not insignificant. We understand the impact that this temporary closure will have on passengers and we will be doing all we can, as quickly and safely as we can, so the railway is reopened as soon as possible.”
Alongside the major work to remove and replace track, other material from the railway and neighbouring land will also have to be removed and several sections of the cutting slope repaired.
Network Rail and Northern continue to work together and will provide regular updates to passengers.Northern is operating an hourly train service in both directions between Buxton and Furness Vale and rail replacement transport between Furness Vale and Hazel Grove. There will also be rail replacement transport between Furness Vale and New Mills Central to connect into services into Manchester.