Landslide could take "significant amount of time" to repair on rail line serving Scunthorpe - buses to deputise
A LANDSLIDE on the railway line into Scunthorpe could take a "significant amount of time" to repair, say Network Rail officials.
A replacement bus service is likely to continue for the coming days between Doncaster and Scunthorpe, causing journey delays of up to an hour.
Emergency engineering work is being carried out by Network Rail at the part of track affected, at Hatfield & Stainforth,but the stability of the ground is a concern for workers.
Disruptions to service have been predicted until at least Saturday, February 16.
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The landslide was caused by a 'spoil tip' from Hatfield Colliery, a mine situated next to the railway, sliding under the track and causing it to break up.
A 'spoil tip' is a pile built of accumulated spoil - the overburden removed during coal mining.
A spoksperson for Network Rail said: "The problem has been caused by a spoil tip next to the railway moving underneath the tracks.
"Repairing the track itself is not the problem. Stabilising the ground is the difficult bit. It is going to be a significant amount of time we think, and certainly looks like being more than a few days before it is repaired.
"If there is any way of restoring rail service in the meantime, we will do so once it is safe."
A spokesman for Hargreaves Services, the company that manages Hatfield Colliery, said: "It is clear that there is a problem.
"The cause of the problem, though, is yet to be categorically identified. Since this morning we have been at the site with Network Rail, our own engineers and some external civil engineering experts.
"We had a series of meetings to determine the cause of the problem and what risks it might pose."
The landslide has affected First TransPennine Express services between Manchester Airport and Cleethorpes, which will not run between Doncaster and Scunthorpe. Northern Rail services between Doncaster and Scunthorpe via Crowle and Althorpe have also been suspended until further notice.
Some freight trains are now being diverted at Barnetby, taking the line through Brigg and Kirton Lindsey, or going through North Kelsey and on to Lincoln.