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Furness Line to Open Next Week

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Westmorland & Furness Council have advised that plans are well underway to reopen the Furness Line and resume services on Monday 22 April 2024. The timetable schedules should be loaded into the systems very shortly.

They are aware that It’s been a long and challenging few weeks and are aware how hard the closure of the line has hit local communities. Many people have shared their experiences and concerns, which have contributed to improved rail replacement services and customer information provision. However, they are aware the overall response to the situation could have been managed more effectively. They will be continuing conversations with rail industry colleagues to seek assurances that future incidents will be dealt with more efficiently and with relevant customer care.

Network Rail have issued the following press release:

‘Network Rail engineers have successfully repaired the embankment as part of a complex operation to recover the railway after a train derailed in Grange-over-Sands on Friday 22 March 2024. The next step is to re-lay the ballast (railway stones) and track before services can run again. Engineers confirm the work is on track to be completed next week.’

‘The derailment involved a Northern train coming off the tracks. A void in the ground was found around 150m away from the train. The team have been working around the clock to repair the damage as efficiently as possible. A specialist crane was brought in to rerail and remove the train from the site of the derailment. With the train safely removed, engineers could start to repair the railway. A variety of methods were used to carry out a thorough investigation into the ground conditions at the site, while also carrying out complicated repairs in the challenging environment.’

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