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Network Rail stabilises damaged Bedfordshire railway embankment


A railway embankment near Harlington station in Bedfordshire has been damaged by recent bad weather and is having to be repaired.

Teams have monitored the site and carried out safety inspections since wintry weather hit the area over the weekend of 6/7 February 2021. They now need to carry out essential work to stabilise the ground.  

Piles are being installed to stabilise the embankment.

Work commenced on Tuesday 9 February  to install steel piles in the embankment, to help prevent further ground movement and protect the railway. This has necessitated a slightly amended train service, so there are only two trains per hour calling at Harlington and Flitwick stations instead of the regular four. Trains through the area will also be also running at a reduced speed, which means there are some delays and journeys will take longer.

Gary Walsh, Network Rail.

Gary Walsh, route director for Network Rail’s East Midlands route, said: “We’re really sorry this work near Harlington is taking place at such short notice. It’s crucial that we stabilise the track, so services can continue running safely and reliably for passengers who need to make essential journeys. 

“The wintry weather brings many challenges to the railway – which is why our teams work around the clock to monitor sites and carry out any essential work. As the weather has changed over the last few days, we need to take action now to prevent further damage.

“We want to thank passengers for continuing to follow the latest government guidance and strongly advise those who must travel to check their journeys and allow plenty of time.”


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