Urgent repair work to the railway line going through Braybrooke is being worked on after the tracks started to move, Network Rail has announced.
The infrastructure operator has been monitoring the area for several weeks and have subsequently found that the land needs more intrusive work to stabilise it – this will include the installation of soil nails to reinforce the land and protect the tracks.
The work has caused Network Rail to introduce a speed restriction on the impacted section in a bid to ensure the safety of passengers and train staff.
Trains travelling North between Kettering and Leicester will be diverted through Corby from today, in order to enable specialist earthwork teams unfettered access to the Braybrooke site.
Once active on the site, the team will work through the weekend on a three-day land stabilisation programme.
Network Rail’s route director for the East Midlands, Gary Walsh, said: “Our teams have been closely monitoring the land in the Braybrooke area to make sure that it remains safe for our passengers and staff.
“However, it has now reached the stage where we need to carry out more intrusive work to strengthen the land and protect the railway line.”
He continued: “Our engineers will work to get the northbound track reopened as soon as possible. The detailed plan is still being worked through by expert teams and more passenger information will be issued as soon as it is available.”
No northbound East Midlands Railway services will be at Market Harborough today with replacement bus services running instead. Southbound services remain unaffected.
Image credit: iStock