UPDATE: Disruption continues for train passengers travelling between Cleethorpes and Manchester Airport after landslide near Stainforth
TRAIN services between Cleethorpes and Manchester Airport are likely to be disrupted for a significant amount of time after a landslide damaged and uplifted huge sections of track.
The land movement took place at a colliery near Stainforth yesterday morning.
National Rail staff have been unable to assess the full extent of the damage due to the ground still moving over the tracks.
Train passengers are still able to travel to Scunthorpe where a replacement bus service will continue to Doncaster where a normal service will resume.
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Buses will leave Scunthorpe for Doncaster at 15 minutes past the hour and from Doncaster for Scunthorpe at 45 minutes past the hour.
While commuters are having to deal with bus replacement services and the disruption to the normal timetable, it causes a considerable headache for freight – with 25 per cent of the cargo moved by rail in the UK either beginning or ending its journey at Port of Grimsby and Immingham.
Port director John Fitzgerald said: “We are working closely with Network Rail and freight rail companies to maintain rail deliveries from the port.”
A key element is the delivery of coal direct to Drax at Selby, the UK's biggest power station, from Humber International Terminal. A spokesperson for Network Rail said the vast majority of Immingham traffic is now running via the Brigg line, with some empty trains coming back via Lincoln.
Steel traffic from Scunthorpe to the south west is travelling east to Barnetby then via Lincoln, with freight to the north running via Barnetby and then Brigg and Doncaster.
The landslide site is less than a mile west of the M18 and M180 junction in South Yorkshire, which links northern Lincolnshire to the UK motorway network.
An initial estimate from Network Rail, dependent on a fuller investigation, is that the line will be shut for approximately eight weeks from the point when the land stops moving.
The landslide is still moving, with engineers not permitted to start work on site due to the dangerous nature of the site.