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Leeds to Ilkley landslide repairs successfully completed

Network Rail has praised its engineering team which worked “non-stop” over the weekend to reopen the rail line between Leeds and Ilkley following a landslip last week.

network rail engineers work non stop to reopen yorkshire rail line closed by landslip

network rail engineers work non stop to reopen yorkshire rail line closed by landslip

Overhead line equipment had to be moved to allow the debris to be cleared safely

The rail route was closed on 3 April after a landslide close to the portal of Springs Tunnel near Guiseley Station was spotted by a train driver.

Network Rail engineers began carrying out immediately after the slope failure was spotted and worked round the clock to remove the 80tonnes of debris from above the tunnel, including large trees.

Network Rail said in a statement: “Due to the challenging location of the incident, it wasn’t possible to remove the debris from above, so the debris was brought onto the track below and then removed. This meant overhead line equipment also had to be removed and reinstalled once all of the debris had been cleared.”

Network Rail head of operations Chris Gee said: “Our engineers have done a fantastic job and have worked round the clock since Tuesday so that we could safely reopen the railway for passengers this morning.”

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