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Trains connecting London and the north disrupted for FIVE DAYS after LANDSLIDE

@LondonMidland unacceptable that you've just stopped serving Bushey and Harrow with no poor explanation.

Services between London and Birmingham have been cancelled or delayed after the ground near tracks fell away.

The line is the a major route connecting the capital with the north-west of England.

Mounds of waterlogged earth under the rails in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, tumbled down the tracks, causing at least a week of disruption.

Commuters were left raging as they crammed into carriages and found their usual services missing in action.

Many said they weren't told about the cancellations - and one complained her train was so full she couldn't squeeze on.

Engineers scrambled to pile up more than 2,200 tonnes of stone to fix the problem - but will take at least a week.

London Midland, Southern and Virgin Trains services have all been affected, and are running on a reduced timetable until Friday.

Details of the changes have been published online.

@LondonMidland There's a 50 minute gap between trains to London from HH this morning - are you *trying* to work people up?!

@LondonMidland unacceptable that you've just stopped serving Bushey and Harrow with no poor explanation. Got more info from @LDNOverground

Local services from Milton Keynes have been scrapped, as well as trains connecting the cit to East Croydon in London.

Commuter trains from Birmingham to Euston are picking up the slack by making more stops, causing delays on the lines.

Virgin Trains services are expected to be delayed by up to 20 minutes, although they are making all stops as normal.

A Network Rail spokesman said: "We are aiming to complete this work by Friday and can’t be any more definitive at this point. 

“Regrettably this means disruption to passengers for the duration of the week while our teams work hard to make repairs."

Express
03/02
4 Points
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Furious commuters face travel chaos after LANDSLIDE at London-bound station

thanks a lot barnehurst all your fault”. Another @network rail failure at Barnehurst, #landslip , only repaired 2 years ago.First morning back and @Se_Railway & @networkrail give me this at Lewisham. pic.twitter.com/JtluwACOtWIf there's an apology more soulless or meaningless than one emanating from a train company I've yet to hear it #southeasternAnother user posted: “A landslip at #barnehurst again.

Following a landslip at Barnehurst station on Monday evening, trains will not be running on the Bexleyheath line.

Operator Southeastern could not immediately confirm how much rubble fell on to the tracks. 

Some trains have been diverted via Sidcup and Woolwich Arsenal

A very limited bus replacement service is running on Southeastern between Dartford and Lewisham via Bexleyheath.

Buses are running via Bexleyheath, however, passengers are advised to use alternative services via Sidcup and Woolwich.

A Southeastern Railway spokesman said: "Due to a landslip at Barnehurst yesterday evening, the line between Dartford and Lewisham via Bexleyheath will unfortunately be closed all day while Network Rail engineers are on site.

"Passengers are advised to use lines from Dartford to Lewisham via Sidcup or Greenwich if possible.

"London buses are accepting tickets on the route.

"We would like to apologise to passengers whose train journeys are affected due to this landslip."

The line is expected to be closed until the end of today. 

This is not the first time a landslide has caused travel chaos in Barnehurst. In 2014, all services were suspended as Network Rail carried out emergency repair work. 

Commuters took to Twitter to express their frustrations at the latest mishap. 

One person wrote: “How has a land slip managed to happen? thanks a lot barnehurst all your fault”. 

Another @network rail failure at Barnehurst, #landslip , only repaired 2 years ago.

First morning back and @Se_Railway & @networkrail give me this at Lewisham. Should've taken today off. pic.twitter.com/JtluwACOtW

If there's an apology more soulless or meaningless than one emanating from a train company I've yet to hear it #southeastern

Another user posted: “A landslip at #barnehurst again?! @Se_Railway you really need to stop cutting trees down. They hold the earth in place?!”. 

While one Twitter user tweeted to Southeastern: “Bit of a joke that you didn’t secure the areas around barnehurst properly after this happened a year or two ago.”

Express
12/01
5 Points
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