London to Birmingham train route is cut off after landslip covers tracks

London to Birmingham train route is cut off after landslip covers tracks

The landslip has impacted a crucial section of the West Coast Main Line (Picture: @networkrailWCML/X)

The main train route between London Euston and Birmingham has been cut off by a landslip on the tracks, with tens of thousands of travellers affected.

Workers spent last night clearing more than 500 tonnes of soil from the West Coast Main Line between Coventry and Rugby, with trains not expected to run until this afternoon.

London Northwestern Railway (LNR) services from London Euston to Birmingham will be split into two sections, with trains running between Birmingham and Coventry, and Northampton and Euston.

Half-hourly rail replacement transport will be running passengers between Coventry and Northampton to join the second leg of their route.

The disruption will mean some travellers are facing trips taking several hours longer than expected.

Phil Barnes, Network Rail’s operations director, said: ‘A plan is now in place to remove soil before checking the track to allow services to run.

‘To do this safely, we are closing both lines overnight on Monday and Tuesday morning. We are working to reopen both lines on Tuesday afternoon.

‘Our team is working around the clock to get trains running again as soon as we can, and we are sorry for the disruption to journeys this is causing.’

The section of railway between London and Birmingham, the UK’s two largest cities, is one of the busiest in the country.

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