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‘Ground moving’ under West Coast Main Line

SOME trains between London Euston and Rugby have been diverted via Northampton, adding half an hour to journey times, after Network Rail was alerted yesterday by a driver to problems at Hillmorton Junction, south of Rugby.

Network Rail said hourly tests show the ground is moving underneath several tracks at Hillmorton.

West Coast Main Line South route infrastructure director Ellen Wintle said: The sheer amount of rain we’ve had recently has caused the ground to slip, so we’re working hard to stabilise the area and put our plan into action for the repairs. Because this landslip was spotted early we have controlled the damage which means repairs can be carried out whilst keeping services running on the other tracks and we can continue to provide a safe and reliable railway for passengers and freight customers.’

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