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Landslip closes Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway

The water powered cliff railway – the world’s highest and steepest – that links Lynton and Lynmouth in Devon has been forced to close following a landslip onto the tracks.

The Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway has said that the attraction has suffered from slope stability issues following recent wet weather and freezing conditions but the landslip has forced it to close.

The incident on the railway, which has an elevation of 152m and was built in 1888, occurred outside of operating hours and no one was injured by the slope failure.

The operator said that it is currently assessing the situation and will be removing the debris as soon as possible but the rail link will remain closed until further assessment of the slopes is carried out.

According to a statement from Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway, it has already appointed a rope access specialist and contractors work alongside its own engineering team to assess and stabilise the collapsed embankment.

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