Stockport to Buxton line is reopened after landslip

Buxton to Stockport line latest

Network Rail has reopened the route between Stockport and Buxton after a landslip closed the line. 

Up to 6,000 tonnes of earth and material were dislodged and washed away after the flash floods during Sunday 12th and Monday 13th June 2016 when around two inches of rain fell in just two hours.

Services resumed at the weekend meaning passengers are once again able to make their usual journeys through the area.

Network Rail repaired the damage in less than two weeks, minimising the impact of the closure to passengers. The work involved rebuilding a section of embankment and removing track and ballast near Middlewood station.

Terry Strickland, area director for Network Rail said: “After completing the emergency repairs, the railway though Middlewood reopened on Saturday morning.

The heavy rain that we experienced two weeks ago caused a significant amount of damage that required extensive work. I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we carried out these essential repairs”.

Alex Hynes, managing director for Northern said: “We’re pleased to be once again running services between Buxton and Manchester following the completion of a mammoth engineering task by Network Rail.

“We would like to thank our customers for their continued patience”.