Network Rail has said that it expects to reopen the railway line between Clacton on Sea and Colchester within two days following a landslide yesterday.
The slope failure at Thorrington occurred in the early hours of Thursday and the wash away of the track bed caused extensive damage.
Network Rail has said that its engineering team is working around the clock to pump away water and repair the embankment and track.
“The landslip has caused extensive damage and our engineers will be working around the clock to carry out the repairs and reopen the line as soon as it is safe to do so,” said Network Rail route managing director for Anglia Meliha Duymaz.
“We expect the repair work to take at least two days and we will provide further updates as our work progresses. I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while the repairs are carried out and ask that they check with their train operator for the latest travel information. We will carry out an investigation into what caused the landslide and any further preventative measures we can take.”