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Disruption to rail services in the Doncaster area - Stainforth

12 February 2013

Rail services in the Doncaster area are being affected by a landslip at Stainforth. This is believed to have been caused by the movement of a spoil heap at Hatfield colliery.


We have been monitoring the track near Hatfield colliery at Stainforth since Saturday afternoon (9 February 2013) when a train driver reported a 'rough ride'. Train services in the area have been carefully managed to protect safety.

Unfortunately conditions have deteriorated and it is no longer possible to run services through the area. We anticipate that there will be disruption to services between Doncaster and Goole and Doncaster and Scunthorpe for some time.

Our engineers are working with the colliery to plan the safe repair of the track bed and railway once the spoil heap has been stabilised. We understand it will take several days to complete the stabilisation work. At this stage it is not possible to say when direct rail services will resume. We will publish a timescale for the work as soon as possible and apologise to passengers for the inconvenience caused.

Temporary service alterations

The following changes will apply to Northern Rail services:

  • Buses are replacing trains between Doncaster and Goole / Scunthorpe, with journey times extended by up to 60 minutes
  • Services between Sheffield and Bridlington / Scarborough are being diverted via Selby, and will not call at Goole
  • Services between Doncaster and Scunthorpe are suspended

First Trans Pennine Express is running train services between:

  • Manchester Airport and Doncaster (as advertised)
  • Cleethorpes and Scunthorpe (amended limited service)

Buses are running between Doncaster and Scunthorpe. There will be one service per hour in each direction made up of at least three buses:

  • Buses will leave Scunthorpe for Doncaster at 15mins past the hour
  • Buses will leave Doncaster for Scunthorpe at 45mins past the hour

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