Posted 8th June 2016 | 1 Comment

Flash floods cause line closure in Yorkshire

NETWORK RAIL engineers are working to repair a landslip in Yorkshire after flash flooding.

Torrential rain yesterday afternoon also caused roads to flood in London and the northern home counties, but in West Yorkshire the water washed away ballast on the railway near Baildon.

As a result, there are no through trains today (8 June) between Bradford Forster Square and Ilkley, and replacement buses are being used to bridge the gap between Shipley and Guiseley, where shuttle rail services from each direction are terminating.

Neil Henry, area director for Network Rail said: “Our team has been on site since yesterday evening and repairs to the landslip are already under way. We are working to get the line between Bradford Forster Square and Ilkey open as soon as possible and will provide a further update as soon as we know when repairs will be completed. I am sure when passengers see the photographs from the site they will understand why we cannot safely run trains today and I thank them for their patience while the work takes place.”

Northern commercial director Richard Allan explained: “Northern has responded with a revised train plan and replacement bus services between Shipley and Guiseley. We are working with our colleagues at Network Rail to minimise disruption and return services to normal as soon as we can.”

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  • Chris Green, Huddersfield

    That line is never too far from being a sufferer of flash flooding, along with its sister line the Airedale Line. Even the Huddersfield Line had fallen foul of the weather, albeit through a lightning strike to the line equipment. 👎🏻