Rail Chaos As Track Closed At Rugby
users in Coventry and Warwickshire were facing misery today with the
sudden closure of a large stretch of track on the main London line.
heading between Rugby and Milton Keynes will now be diverted via Northampton. The
extra distance will involve a 40-minute delay to all journeys.
measures follow track closures in Scotland and the West Country.
Some passengers were left stranded on sleeper trains last night as
Railtrack gave just two hours notice about the changes.
Fearn, Director of Railtrack Midlands Zone, said:
have actually brought forward pre-programmed track renewal works on
sections of the West Coast Main Line where there are signs of gauge
corner-cracking, a type of metal fatigue associated with the line at
speed restrictions (TSRs) have been introduced at Kilsby tunnel, south of
Rugby, and the track has been closed to faster services, which are
being diverted via Northampton to cut down on disruption.
are working around the clock to ensure the West Coast in the
Midlands remains open and will be taking off the TSRs over the next
apologise to all those affected by this difficult situation and
thank them for their patience, but it is absolutely imperative that
we continue to maintain and run safe railway."
have introduced the measures in response to the fatal track derailment
last week at Hatfield.
then speed restrictions have been introduced all over the country, as
the true extent of the condition of the track has been revealed.
says the decision has been made to do all the work at once, rather
than spin out the delays that would be necessary as part of a £5.8
are advised to call 08457 484950 to get details of any delays.
[25 OCT 00] COMMENT:
GETTING THE RAILWAYS BACK ON TRACK