4 February 2016

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Amended timetable for train passengers

as Leighton Buzzard Bank Slip is repaired

Train passengers travelling between Euston and Milton Keynes

will see revised timetables this week

as Network Rail engineers carry out major repairs to a railway embankment slip

at Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire.



Some London Midland services from Milton Keynes to Euston were cancelled today

after one of two southbound lines had to be closed to trains

because of the slip at Linslade, Leighton Buzzard on Saturday.


Southern services between Watford and Milton Keynes were also affected

and some knock-on delays were experienced by Virgin customers.


Engineers were today building an access road through nearby fields

so lorries could transport 2,200 tonnes of railway foundation stone to the site.



Leighton Buzzard Railway Embankment Slip



Building Access Road



Lorry load of Railway Foundation Stone delivered to the site



Mark Killick, Area Director for Network Rail, said:


“We recognise the impact this embankment slip is having on train passengers

and we are working to rebuild the embankment as soon as possible.


“This is a must-do job to ensure the ongoing safety of the railway.

We are using this as an opportunity to make this railway embankment even stronger

and cut the risk of a future slip.


“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.


“We will continue to keep passengers up to date

as we complete this emergency engineering work.”


A London Midland spokesperson said:


“As a result of the landslip, we have been forced to cancel some services

between Milton Keynes and London Euston.

However, there are still a number of services running

so passengers should plan their journey and check before they travel.


“We have arranged for as many London Midland services as possible

to stop additionally at local stations


and we are advising passengers that they can use their London Midland ticket

on London Overground, London Underground and Southern services

to help complete their journey.


We will continue to provide customers with the latest updates on our website,




4 February 2016

Leighton Buzzard

Railway to fully re-open on Friday 5 February

After round-the-clock repairs to fix a bank slip near Leighton Buzzard,

the railway is due to fully re-open on Friday 5 February


Network Rail's orange army has carried out extensive repairs to the bank slip

which has affected trains in the Leighton Buzzard area since last weekend.


Engineers have worked 24 hours a day to rebuild the embankment

as well as future-proof it to minimise the chances of further slips.


Because of its location, a temporary access road had to be built across nearby fields

before 2,200 tonnes of stone and material could be delivered to fix the slip.


Engineers will continue to work throughout today and tonight

so the railway can reopen for the start of service tomorrow morning.



Mark Killick, Area Director for Network Rail, said:


“Our focus from the very start has been to get a full service back up and running for passengers

as quickly and as safely as possible.

I'd like to thank passengers for their patience while the repairs have taken place

and reassure them that we're doing everything possible to fully reopen the railway on Friday morning."


“This has been a hugely challenging task

made even more difficult by its location.


Once the temporary access road was built and we could access the area,

we pulled out all the stops to repair the section of slipped


embankment so we can reopen the railway as quickly as possible.


The team on the ground have done themselves proud with a great job in tough conditions.



Work taking place on the Bank Slip at Leighton Buzzard



Repairs being made on the Bank Slip at Leighton Buzzard
Photos & Text Courtesy Network Rail Media Centre


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