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Earth movement forced track closure near Birmingham New Street

The Cross City line between Birmingham New Street, Longbridge, Redditch and Bromsgrove has reopened following a two day closure while engineers investigate the cause of earth movement.

Since Tuesday (14 August), two trees fell onto the line and a section of the embankment, north of University station, has become unstable.

A first tree fell late on Tuesday morning and damaged the overhead power lines. Repairs were made and the line reopened late on Tuesday night. However a second tree fell and damage the power lines again shortly afterwards.

Further repairs were made overnight on Tuesday and a survey early on Wednesday revealed earth movement on the embankment.

cross city line tree

cross city line tree

”We did all we could to compete our surveys and repairs as quickly as possible and we’ve been able to give the all clear for the Cross City line to fully reopen,” said Network Rail London North Western route chief operating officer James Dean.

“The embankment was saturated and we are investigating why but the cause of the earth movement is unknown at this stage. Our priority was to compete our safety checks, remove the trees and reopen the line as soon as possible.”

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